Graduate School of Oceanography

URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography is one of the world’s premier academic institutions of oceanography and ocean exploration. GSO’s research, education, and outreach activities advance our knowledge of the world’s ocean.


Photo courtesy of Collie Lab.
Photo courtesy of Collie Lab.

The Fisheries track combines education in oceanography with practical training in fisheries management and is focused on fisheries in both developed and developing countries. Marine fisheries science and management requires training in oceanography, biology, social science, and statistics. This program prepares students to find employment or enhance their careers with government agencies, the fishing industry, environmental consulting firms, and environmental organizations.

Students in the Fisheries track receive advanced instruction, training and experiential learning with faculty whose academic backgrounds are in fisheries; general, physical, chemical and biological oceanography; data and statistics; and policy and marine spatial planning.

Core Requirements include (course descriptions):

  • 30 credits
  • Successful completion of a written Master’s examination.
  • Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA
  • Required Classes(18 credits)
    • OCG 561 Biological Oceanography (3 credits)
    • AFS 531 Fisheries Stock Assessment (3 credits)
    • OCG 670 Fish Population Dynamics (3 credits)
    • OCG 593 Independent Study w/GSO faculty (6 credits)
    • OCG 695 Seminar in Oceanography (1 credit per semester ≤ 3 credits total)
  • Elective Classes – students must take at least one class from each of the following three groups
  • Group 1
    • OCG 521 Chemical Oceanography (3 credits)
    • OCG 540 Geological Oceanography (4 credits)
    • OCG 501 Physical Oceanography (3 credits)
    • OCG 517 Foundations of Earth System Dynamics (3 credits)
    • OCG 670 Fish Population Dynamics (3 credits).
  • Group 2
    • STA 550 Ecological Statistics (3 credits)
    • OCG 506 Numerical Models and Data Analysis in the Ocean Sciences (3 credits)
    • EEC 543 Economic Structure of the Fishing Industry (3 credits)
    • NRS 410 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3 credits)
    • OCG 673 Fisheries Oceanography (3 credits)
    • MAF 527 Marine Protected Areas: an Interdisciplinary Analysis (3 credits)
  • Group 3
    • OCG 673 Fisheries Oceanography -if not counted above. (3 credits)
    • MAF 527 Marine Protected Areas: an Interdisciplinary Analysis – if not counted above. (3 credits)
    • BIO 563 Biology and Ecology of Fishes (3 credits)
    • MAF 523 Fisheries Law and Management (3 credits)
    • MAF 526 Management of Marine Protected Areas (3 credits)
    • MAF 651 Marine Affairs Seminar (3 credits)


Example Programs of Study

Example Curricula: Fisheries with Specific Foci
Focus: Demersal Fisheries Focus: Pelagic Fisheries
Biological Oceanography Biological Oceanography
Fisheries Stock Assessment Fisheries Stock Assessment
Fish Population Dynamics Fish Population Dynamics
Geological Oceanography Foundations Of Earth System Dynamics
Management of Marine Protected Areas Fisheries Oceanography
Ecological Statistics Numerical Models and Data Analysis
Independent Study Independent Study
Internship Internship
Student Seminar Student Seminar


For More Information

Professor Art Spivack
Graduate School of Oceanography
University of Rhode Island
Narragansett, RI 02882
Phone: (401) 874-6246

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