About this Program

The marine science technology concentration in the Ocean & Earth Sciences B.S. degree is designed for students interested in the more practical and technical side of oceanography. Students gain practical skills in data acquisition and processing, field operations, and instrument design, assembly, operation, and maintenance. Whereas other concentrations in ocean and earth science emphasize more theoretical aspects of these fields, this concentration focuses on hands-on skills. Upon graduation, students in this concentration will be able to work closely with scientists, researchers, and engineers on wide ranging projects in the environmental science and technology fields. For example, these include potential job opportunities associated with Virginia's offshore wind resource development, which involve collecting and analyzing meteorological, oceanographic and environmental data, upgrading port and logistics facilities, and ensuring this development is compatible with other ocean uses.

Program Highlights

  • The program is designed for students interested in the more practical and technical side of oceanography.

  • The program is unique in the state of Virginia.

  • 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.

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

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
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.

Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

$96,910 Median Salary

Design, develop, and evaluate the operation of marine vessels, ship machinery, and related equipment, such as power supply and propulsion systems.

Marine Architects

$96,910 Median Salary

Design and oversee construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures such as ships, barges, tugs, dredges, submarines, torpedoes, floats, and buoys. May confer with marine engineers.

Marine Engineers

$96,910 Median Salary

Design, develop, and take responsibility for the installation of ship machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems.

Natural Sciences Managers

$133,670 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.


What are the requirements to apply for Marine Science at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Marine Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.


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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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