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Physical Ocean Science and Engineering (MS,PhD)

Telephone:    (302) 645-4212 (SMSP Main Number)
                      (302) 831-6658 (SMSP Associate Director for Physical Ocean Science and Engineering)

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Program Overview
Students in the Physical Ocean Science and Engineering (POSE) Program apply basic physical principals in their research in coastal physical oceanography, ocean acoustics, nearshore processes, environmental fluid dynamics, estuarine dynamics, and ocean engineering. Two degree plans are offered. The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Studies are offered through the College Earth, Ocean, & Environment. The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Ocean Engineering are offered through a cross-disciplinary program operated jointly by the CEOE and the College of Engineering. (See the Ocean Engineering section in the College of Engineering for specific degree).

This multidisciplinary academic program provides students with broad knowledge in physical oceanography as well as opportunities to focus on desired areas of expertise. The program is particularly appropriate for students with physics, mathematics, or engineering backgrounds.

Requirements for Admission
Please see the Admissions requirements for the School of Marine Science and Policy for specifics.


Requirements for the Degrees
All students in the master's program are required to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits. A course outside of the POSE program and the student's area of concentration is required. All students must write a thesis. Students may bypass the master's degree and work directly toward the PhD upon petition. Requirements for the PhD degree are similar to those for the master's degree, but are more intensive. in addition to required coursework, written and oral qualifying examinations are required before students are admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree.

MS in Marine Studies with a concentration in Physical Ocean Science and Engineering
 
Course Number Course Title Credits
Required courses:
MEEG 690 Intermediate Engineering Mathematics 3
MAST 691 Fluid Dynamics in Marine Systems 4
   
  
One of the following
MAST 693 Waves in the Marine Environment 3
or
MAST 655 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 3
MAST 811 Oceanographic Time Series Analysis 3
One three credit course outside of the POSE program.  This may include one of the specially designed introductory courses or a more advanced course.  Students may not test out of these classes.  Introductory courses outside of this program include MAST627 (Marine Biology) or MAST660 (International and National Ocean Policy),  NOTE:  MAST601 (Introduction to Oceanography) will not meet this requirement.  Physical oceanography courses will not meet this requirement. 3                   
   
MAST 882 Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Seminar or equivalent must be taken each spring semester during each year of residence. [1 cr each] 3

Additional graduate-level course work as determined by advisory committee*
  
MAST 869 Master's Thesis        6                
  
Minimum credits needed for degree completion 30
*Students will work with their advisors to determine what additional coursework must be completed and how many research credits must be taken to account for the remaining credit hours needed for a minimum total of 30 credits.



PhD in Marine Studies with a concentration in Physical Ocean Science and Engineering
 
Course Number Course Title Credits
Required courses:
MEEG 690 Intermediate Engineering Mathematics 3
MAST 693 Waves in the Marine Environment 3
MAST 691 Fluid Dynamics in Marine Systems 4
MAST 655 Geophysical Dynamics 3
MAST 811 Oceanographic Time Analysis 3
   
One three credit course outside of the Physical Ocean Science and Engineering program.  This may include one of the specially designed introductory courses or a more advanced course.  Students may not test out of these classes.  Introductory courses outside of this program include MAST627 (Marine Biology) or MAST660 (International and National Ocean Policy),  NOTE:  MAST601 (Introduction to Oceanography) will not meet this requirement.  Physical oceanography courses will not meet this requirement.
  
MAST 882 Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Seminar or equivalent must be taken each spring semester during every year of residence. [1 cr each] 5
  
 
One 3 credit appropriate
modeling course to be determined by the student in consultation with his/her advisor or advisory committee.
3
  
Additional graduate level coursework required by the student’s advisory committee**
    
MAST 969 Doctoral Dissertation 9

**Students will work with their advisors to determine what additional coursework must be completed and how many research credits must be taken to complete the degree.
 


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