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What will I learn?

Ocean Sciences, as the name implies, combines a variety of scientific disciplines to study the ocean. This approach is necessary because, in the ocean, the biological, chemical, geological and physical processes that structure ecosystems are closely interrelated. This approach is exciting because it provides oceanographers with a “big picture” understanding of how our planet works.

In our courses, you'll learn about ocean physics, ocean chemistry, ocean biology, and ocean geology, but equally importantly, you'll learn about how various processes interact. We investigate big questions about the overall functioning and future of our planetary systems. We explore how natural sciences inform the management of our ocean resources. And we delve into the technological advances that are revolutionizing our ability to observe ocean processes and predict ocean behaviours.

Finally, we give you the opportunity to get your feet wet. Our program is built to combine hands-on experiences in world-class research facilities like Dal’s Aquatron Laboratory (e.g. Tools and Concepts II) with field courses at sea (e.g. Introduction to Field Oceanography).

Undergraduate research opportunities

Research is central to an undergraduate education in the sciences. That’s why we offer many opportunities to work with our world-class researchers on real scientific research. From programming software for innovative underwater technology to joining a sea-bound research expedition to collect ocean water samples, you'll get a glimpse into the many opportunities for employment or further study.   

“Spending time at sea collecting data is an integral part of oceanography research. I was very excited to experience field work firsthand.”  ~Stef Mellon, Ocean Sciences graduate

Stef’s undergraduate research opportunity brought her to the North Atlantic Ocean, where she worked on one of the world’s top marine science research vessels with scientists from around the globe.


To get an idea of the kind of work our undergraduates can do during their degree, you can browse upcoming undergraduate research opportunities for current Ocean Sciences students on the Department of Oceanography’s website.  

Learn more about the people who will be teaching you
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Our faculty members have a diverse range of expertise and love to share knowledge.