Oceanography is the scientific study of the ocean and its phenomena – how the ocean waters move and change, what animals and plants live in the ocean and how the ocean creates and uses resources. It is an interdisciplinary science covering elements of biology, chemistry, geography, geology, mathematics and physics. At CT State Manchester, oceanography courses may be used to satisfy a student’s general education knowledge areas in science.

A career as an oceanographer generally requires an advanced degree. Employment opportunities can be found in marine consulting companies, laboratories, government agencies, higher education and private industry.

Students who are interested in oceanography will often transfer into a bachelor’s degree program to continue their studies in oceanography or a related field. Students who are thinking of transferring are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss their plans and how courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available can be found in the Transfer Services portion of the web site.