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.

General Oceanography

Photo by Lynne Butler.
Photo by Lynne Butler.

The General Oceanography track provides a foundation in all oceanographic disciplines and allows students to select which advanced topics they wish to pursue. For example, the advanced topics chosen can be aimed at developing and advancing careers in ocean science communication, environmental law, or education as well as preparation for further graduate study.

Students in the General Oceanography track receive advanced instruction, training and experiential learning with faculty whose academic backgrounds are in geological, physical, chemical and biological oceanography; statistics and data.

Core Requirements include:

  • 30 credits
  • Successful completion of a written Master’s examination.
  • Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA.
  • Required Classes (24 credits)
    • Independent Study, under the supervision of a GSO professor, resulting in a major paper which may include an internship (6 credits);
    • Participation and presentation in Student Seminar – one credit per semester, maximum of three (3 credits);
    • OCG 521 Chemical Oceanography (3 credits);
    • OCG 540 Geological Oceanography (4 credits);
    • OCG 501 Physical Oceanography or Foundations of Earth System Dynamics (3 credits);
    • OCG 561 Biological Oceanography (4 credits);
    • Scientific tools: statistics, data analysis, or scientific writing (3 credits).
  • Elective Classes must include the following:
    • Oceanography or courses from other science departments (6 credits);
    • Course in policy, management, economics or a related field (3 credits).


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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