Wayne State College

About the Pre-Oceanography Program

The study of oceanography is as deep and wide as the ocean itself. Oceanographers study the biology, geology, chemistry, and physics of the oceans. You can start your path to an Oceanography degree, Marine Biology degree, or other similar subject right here at Wayne State College in our Pre-Oceanography program. After spending two years here working on foundational courses, you can transfer to another school offering an Oceanography or Marine Biology program, ultimately earning your bachelor’s degree from them. Or, you can work on a degree in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Mathematics here at WSC and then pursue Oceanography in graduate school.

Sample Program of Study

pre oceanography degree fact sheet



best school for pre oceanography - 100% employment

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Transfer details: You’ll begin your education at WSC and finish your bachelor’s degree at a school with an Oceanography program.

Suggested courses of study at WSC: Biology, Chemical Sciences, Mathematics, Earth Science

Popular minors: Earth Science, Geography, Physics, Computer ScienceMathematics, Biology

School: Science, Health, and Criminal Justice

Department: Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid to help you on your path to an Oceanography degree.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world in the Pre-Oceanography program.

pre oceanography program skills

Skills Learned

  • Biological systems and structures
  • Experimental design and process
  • Modern lab techniques
  • Introductory geology
  • Introductory meteorology
  • Fundamental physics
  • Chemical basics
  • Research, data collection, and analysis
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Communication

oceanography degree careers

Possible Careers

  • Oceanographer
  • Data analyst
  • Research assistant
  • Marine biologist
  • Marine geologist
  • Marine chemist
  • Marine physicist
  • Coastal engineer
  • Scientific diving technician
  • Climatologist
  • Marine policy specialist
  • Environmental scientist

cceanography degree employers


  • Marine research facilities
  • Environmental organizations
  • Marine sanctuaries
  • Fisheries
  • Ocean instrument manufacturers
  • Offshore companies
  • Water supply companies
  • Oceanographic institutions
  • Aquatic companies
  • Schools and universities
  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Environmental consulting companies

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the Pre-Oceanography program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in the Pre-Oceanography program by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

oceanography degree clubs

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

oceanography degree program opportunities


  • Research, trips, and more – Conduct your own research and even present your findings at regional conferences, help judge at the Junior Academy of Science Fair, and visit area science labs.
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Oceanography Degree Programs


Internships are not required for the Pre-Oceanography program at Wayne State College, as these are typically completed in professional school for degree completion. However, Career Services is available to help you find job opportunities if you are looking for field-related work experience.

Take the Next Step

Take the Next Step