Our Program

What You'll Learn — A Comprehensive Education

Looking for an outstanding school to study oceanography? Humboldt State offers a Bachelor's of Science degree in Oceanography. To understand how the ocean works, you'll first take classes in math and the core sciences: biology, chemistry, physics, and geology. Once you master the basics, you'll take courses with an oceanic focus, such as biological oceanography, chemical oceanography and geological and physical oceanography. You'll learn and practice the techniques needed to conduct research at sea and in the laboratory. Finally, you'll also gain the critical writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills necessary for your success in the scientific and technical world.

Cutting-Edge Research Techniques

We strongly believe in supplementing classroom education with lab and field research. Every senior student conducts scientific research projects (with supervision and guidance from faculty), in a group setting and as individuals. Many of our students present their projects, even before they graduate. The end result? You graduate with more than a degree — you graduate with skills and experience.

Our Program Equals Your Success

Our students' strong foundation in science and oceanic studies enables them to excel in a wide variety of both private sector and governmental careers. Over 80 percent of our graduates get jobs related to their Oceanography degree or move straight into Masters or Ph.D. programs at some of the best graduate schools in the world. Employers appreciate that our graduates are well trained and able to tackle whatever challenges come their way. It's a great way to begin your career in the marine sciences.

Oceanic research companies, science centers, environmental consultants, public and environmental health departments and governemnt agencies are just a few of your many potential employers.

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Course Plan

Our Course Rotation Plan shows the core courses that we plan to offer over the next five years. Please note that some adjustments may occur depending on fiscal constraints and faculty availability.