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2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog 
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog


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Department Overview: Oceanography is the study of the world’s oceans and coastal waters. More specifically it is the study of motion and circulation of the ocean waters; the physical and chemical properties of the oceans; and how these properties affect coastal areas, climate, and weather.

Program Level Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge foundational to physical, life and/or sports sciences.
  • Test hypotheses in the laboratory or field using discipline-specific tools and techniques for data collection and analysis.
  • Use empirical evidence or mathematical models generated from observable phenomena to reach an informed conclusion.
  • Evaluate the validity of scientific information and reflect upon its implications.
  • Communicate scientific information effectively using written, oral, and/or visual forms.
  • Make decisions and propose solutions based on science regarding their own personal health as well as issues that impact their communities.

Degrees: Students may earn an Associate in Science Degree - Option I (90 credits), or an Associate in Arts-DTA/MRP (90 credits). These degrees are applicable to students preparing to transfer to a college or university. Please consult with an advisor at WWCC and your intended transfer institution for the most appropriate degree program. (See AS Option I and AA DTA in Degrees section of catalog.)

Preparation for Success: Students interested in a major in Oceanography should take courses in natural sciences, with an emphasis on biology, chemistry and geology. The ability to utilize computers is also essential.

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