Ocean Studies

Award: Associate of Science
Degree Code: ASOS
Number of Credits: 64-66

Program Description

This program option prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution for continued study in ocean sciences and coastal studies. Ocean scientists use their knowledge and skills to answer questions about the ocean system and the atmosphere.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements
Number Title Credits
ACT Activity Electives 2
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective 1 [H] 3
BIO 130 and
BIO 131
Principles of Biology I [S]
Principles of Biology I Lab
3
1
CHM 103 and CHM 113 General Chemistry I [S]
General Chemistry I Lab
3
1
PHY 181 or     PHY 207 Introductory College Physics I with Lab [SL]
General Physics I with Lab [SL]
4-5
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics [M] 4
SOC SCI Social Science Electives 2 [SS] 6
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
BIO 132 and     BIO 133 Principles of Biology II [S]
Principles of Biology II Lab
3
1
CHM 104 and CHM 114 General Chemistry II [S]
General Chemistry II Lab
3
1
MAT 201 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry [M] 4
PHY 182 or     PHY 208 Introductory College Physics II with Lab [SL]
General Physics II with Lab [SL]
4-5
PSC 135 Introduction to Climate Science with Lab [SL] 4
PSC 140 Introduction to Ocean Studies with Lab [SL] 4
PSC 220 Meteorology [SL] 4
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications [H]
Public Speaking [H]
3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (15 credits)
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Lab
BIO 130 and
BIO 131
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology I Lab
PSC 135 Introduction to Climate Science with Lab
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
Spring I (15 credits)
MAT 201 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
CHM 104 and
CHM 114
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry II Lab
BIO 132 and
BIO 133
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Biology II Lab
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
Fall II (18-19 credits)
PHY 181 or
PHY 207
Introductory College Physics I with Lab
General Physics I with Lab
PSC 140 Introduction to Ocean Studies with Lab
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
ART/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective
ACT Activity Elective(s)
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications
Public Speaking
Spring II (16 credits)
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics
PHY 182 or
PHY 208
Introductory College Physics II with Lab
General Physics II with Lab
PSC 220 Meteorology
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
ACT Activity Elective

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of the fields included in the physical sciences
  • Understand the physical environment and its relationships with human activities
  • Apply chemical, mathematical, and physical principles to the study of climate, oceans and meteorology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific method, data collection and analysis, use of laboratory and field instrumentation, computer applications, statistical and modeling techniques
  • Apply principles and theories of biology, physics and chemistry to ocean and climate phenomena
  • Utilize critical thinking to identify, collect and analyze data
  • Describe and utilize the techniques involved in conducting research
  • Use basic field and laboratory instrumentation
  • Communicate scientific information in a written and/or verbal format

Career Opportunities

Geological, physical, chemical or biological oceanographer, marine biologist, fisheries scientist, marine archaeologist, marine policy expert.

 

1 Selection may not include EGL designation.
2 Courses must be from two different disciplines.​