Undergraduate Program Information



Ocean Sciences, or Oceanography, is a field that encompasses the study of the global marine environment from broad geographic and disciplinary perspectives. It essentially looks at the interaction between marine life and oceanic processes, covering such diverse topics as coastal and deep-sea food webs, marine animal ecology, physiology and behaviour, plankton dynamics, the effects of pollution or climate change on ocean life and ecosystems, the management and conservation of aquatic resources, and much more.

Our planet is predominantly covered by a vast ocean, which plays a key role in driving its climate and ecosystems, directly or indirectly affecting the lives of most of its inhabitants. Therefore, job opportunities and career perspectives for students with training in Ocean Sciences are extremely varied and rewarding.
Trainees and graduates may find work as laboratory technicians or research assistants in ocean-related fields such as:
• Oceanography
• Marine biology
• Aquaculture
• Fisheries
• Wildlife management

Other potential positions may include, but are not limited to:
• Marine science educator
• Fisheries officer
• Nature interpreter
• Aquarium curator
• Environmental analyst/consultant
• Scuba diver

Importantly, students with a Major in Ocean Sciences are well prepared to undertake graduate studies (MSc, PhD) in various ocean-related fields, leading to further professional and academic positions in government, research or higher education.

For more information, consult the Undergraduate Handbook

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Department of Ocean Sciences
St. John’s, NL
A1C 5S7


(709) 864-2767