About this Program

The biological oceanography concentration in the Ocean & Earth Sciences B.S. degree is designed for students considering employment or graduate work in the field of biological oceanography. Biological oceanography is the study of biological processes in the oceans, i.e., marine organisms and how they are affected by the physics, chemistry, biology and geology of the oceans. Students in the biological oceanography concentration are strongly encouraged to minor in biology by taking the appropriate 300- and 400-level classes in the biology department.

Program Highlights

  • The program provides students with the necessary training for employment with a B.S. in a wide range of federal, state, local and private venues

  • The program provides students with the necessary background for graduate work in oceanography, marine sciences, and environmental sciences

  • Small class sizes at the upper division level means students work closely with faculty in their discipline as a part of their undergraduate experience

  • The program is unique in the state of Virginia

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
Biological Oceanography
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

$105,830 Median Salary

Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

Agricultural Technicians

$42,910 Median Salary

Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments.

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$93,010 Median Salary

Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Molecular and Cellular Biologists

$80,200 Median Salary

Research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.


What are the requirements to apply for Biological Oceanography at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Biological Oceanography should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • Students must first declare the Ocean and Earth science major, biological oceanography concentration, with the chief departmental advisor (CDA).

  • Entering students should be prepared to take MATH 211 (Calculus I), although students with math deficiencies can take remedial math classes as needed (e.g., MATH 102M, 103M, 162M, 163 or 166, as needed; note that all of these courses will not necessarily be required before taking MATH 211; please consult the catalog or CDA for details).


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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