Study the biological, chemical, geological and physical aspects of the ocean with an associate’s degree in oceanography that prepares you for transfer to a four-year college.

Oceanography Pathway

Courses offered in oceanography provide an interdisciplinary scientific approach to the study of the biological, chemical, geological and physical parameters of the ocean. Pierce College offers students two areas of emphasis, general and biologic, from which to choose. The general emphasis includes more courses on geology, chemistry, and weather. The biologic emphasis has more emphasis on plants and animals.

Oceanography Major: General Emphasis

  • ATMOS 101: Introduction to weather
  • BIOL& 160: General biology w/lab
  • CHEM& 161-163: General chemistry w/lab I-III
  • GEOL& 101: Intro to physical geology
  • MATH& 146: Intro to statistics
  • OCEA& 101: Intro to oceanography
  • OCEA 170: Marine biology
  • MATH& 141-142: Pre-calculus I and II
  • MATH& 151-153: Calculus I-III
  • PHYS& 221-223: Engineering physics I-III

Oceanography Major: Biologic Emphasis

  • BIOL& 211-213: Majors: Cellular/Animal/Plant
  • CHEM& 161-163: General chemistry w/lab I-III
  • OCEA& 101: Intro to oceanography
  • OCEA 170: Marine biology
  • MATH& 141-142: Pre-calculus I and II
  • MATH& 151: Calculus I
  • PHYS& 114-116: General Physics I-III

Contacts

Beth Norman
Earth Science Professor and Coordinator
253-964-6676
Michele LaFontaine
Science Technician/Instructor
253-964-6352
Nicholas Handler
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Geography
253-864-3343
Tom Bush
Professor & Department Coordinator - Earth & Space Sciences
253-840-8484

Apply to Pierce College

Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring, or summer quarters. Special funding assistance may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.

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