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The environmental science concentration in the Ocean & Earth Sciences B.S. degree is designed for students broadly interested in earth and ocean sciences. Students gain a solid background in basic sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics, math, and biology) while also taking courses in geology, oceanography, and atmospheric sciences. The concentration allows students the freedom to focus their upper-level coursework in a disciplinary field in ocean and earth sciences they find most compelling. Student in this concentration will be prepared for a wide range of future scientific pursuits (including graduate studies in appropriate fields), as well as work (or graduate studies) that applies their skills to policy development and interpretation. Specific employment opportunities include work in local, state, and federal government agencies, environmental consulting firms, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Students gain a solid background in basic sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics, math, and biology) while also taking courses in geology, oceanography, and atmospheric sciences.
The program provides student 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, environmental sciences as well as environmental policy.
Small class sizes at the upper division level means student work closely with faculty in their discipline as a part of their undergraduate experience.
General survey of physical, geological, chemical and biological oceanography. The application of skills from mathematics, geology, physics, biology and chemistry for the solution of oceanographic problems. Prerequisites: MATH 211 or MATH 205, BIOL 121N or BIOL 136N and BIOL 122N or BIOL 137N, CHEM 121N-CHEM 122N, OEAS 111N, and PHYS 111N or PHYS 231N.
Core course for ocean and earth sciences majors that examines the processes linking the Earth
This course will present basic ecological principles relevant to water pollution and ecotoxicology. Topics will include runoff, eutrophication, water and sewage treatment, industrial waste, oil pollution, pesticides, and plastics in the sea. Case studies provide focal points for consideration of issues in making decisions and setting policy. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: grade of C or better in ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C. Pre- or corequisites: a grade of C or better in OEAS 306.
Students must first declare the Ocean and Earth science major, environmental sciences concentration, with the chief departmental advisor (CDA). Entering students should be prepared to take MATH 205 (Calculus for Life Science), although students with math deficiencies can take remedial math classes as needed (e.g., MATH 102M, 103M, 162M, as needed; note that all of these courses will not necessarily be required before taking MATH 205; please consult the catalog or CDA for details). Other requirements for the degree are described in the appropriate section of the ODU undergraduate catalog.
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 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.
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David J Burdige
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2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
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