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The study of oceanography is as deep and wide as the ocean is. Oceanographers study many aspects of the ocean, from marine life and ecosystems, water movement, geology, and chemical and physical properties of the ocean. You can start your path to an oceanography degree right here at Wayne State College. After spending two years here working on foundational courses, you can transfer to another school offering an oceanography program, ultimately earning your bachelor’s degree from them. Or, you can work on a degree in biology, chemistry, or geography here at WSC and then specialize in oceanography when you enter graduate school.

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

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, Geography


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


School: Natural and Social Sciences


Department: Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Pre-Oceanography Scholarships

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 a degree in oceanography.

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.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Biological systems and structures
  • Experimental design and process
  • Modern lab techniques
  • Physical geology
  • Introductory zoology
  • Evolutionary processes
  • Observation
  • Research, data collection and analysis
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication
  • Organization

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Oceanographer
  • Data analyst
  • Geophysicist
  • Geologist
  • Research assistant
  • Marine biologist
  • Marine geologist
  • Scientific diving technician
  • Climatologist
  • Marine policy specialist
  • Environmental scientist

Employers

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

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. 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 a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

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

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service Learning

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.

Biology and Chemistry Student Activities

Opportunities

  • Research, trips, and more – Conduct your own research and even present your findings at regional conferences, help judge at the Nebraska Science Bowl and Junior Academy of Science Fairs, 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.
Internships

Internships

Internships are not required for the pre-professional 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.

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