Students plan a program of study in conjunction with a faculty guidance committee (FGC). Students entering the program without a master's degree are expected to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. Students with an M.S. degree in oceanography or related field in physical science from UNH or another university should first demonstrate (through accredited transcript or the qualifying examination) acceptable mastery in the basic core areas. Those deficient in any discipline will be required to complete the respective course.
All students must complete all four core oceanography courses, and at least one course from each of the following categories: methods, ethics/policy/law, and seminar. Please see below for a list of courses that meet these specifications (other courses may qualify and should be approved by the FGC). Additional credit hours are determined by the FGC (typically 15 credit hours). Foreign language requirement is determined by the FGC. Students must complete a Coursework Approval Form, which summarizes all courses to be taken, and obtain signatures from their adviser, committee members, and the OCE program coordinator once the coursework is completed.
Students wishing to be admitted to doctoral candidacy will undergo a qualifying examination by the guidance committee designed to test the student’s in-depth knowledge in their major field and their ability to conduct independent and original research in oceanography. Qualifying students will present to the guidance committee a research proposal in which the soundness, originality, and feasibility of the investigation are clearly stated, and which when approved based on a proposal examination by the committee, will form the basis for the doctoral dissertation.
Students are advanced to candidacy after successfully completing the comprehensive exam, proposal exam, and all coursework required by the guidance committee. Students must complete a dissertation, present their results at a public seminar, and pass an oral examination by the thesis committee.
Although not a strict requirement, all graduate students are encouraged to obtain teaching experience, preferably as a teaching assistant.
All students are required to spend time in the field, even if their research project and interests are primarily based on analytical research, modeling studies, or laboratory experiments. The field requirement could include extended time at sea onboard one of the UNH, UNOLS, NOAA, or similar oceanographic research vessels, or include field experiments at locations in New Hampshire, the U.S., or around the globe, and includes possible nearshore and estuarine studies, Antarctic expeditions, or other land-based studies related to oceanography. Successful completion of the field requirement will be determined by the guidance committee.
|Introduction to Physical Oceanography|
|Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis|
|Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences|
|Ocean Measurements Lab|
|Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping|
|Spectral Analysis of Geophysical Time Series Data|
|Integrated Seabed Mapping Systems|
|Advanced Topics in Ocean Mapping|
|Hydrographic Field Course|
|Advanced Topics (Ocean Modelling)|
|Asymptotic and Perturbation Methods|
|Analytical Fluid Dynamics|
|Statistical Methods for Research|
|Applied Regression Analysis|
|Foundations of Applied Mathematics I|
|Introduction to Numerical Methods|
|Environmental Economics: Theory and Policy|
|Introduction to Coastal and Marine Policy: Understanding US Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Policy|
|Ecological Sustainability and Values|
|International Environmental Politics and Policies for the 21st Century|
|Resolving Environmental Conflicts|
|Ethics in Research and Scholarship|
|Ocean Seminars I|
|Ocean Seminars II|
|Seminar in Earth Sciences|
|Introductory Graduate Seminar|
|Introduction to Marine Pollution and Control|
|Topics (Ocean Biogeochemistry)|
|Topics (Nearshore Processes)|
|Advanced Topics (Geophysical Fluid Mechanics)|
|Advanced Topics (Nearshore Hydrodynamics)|
|Analytical Fluid Dynamics|
|Waves in Fluids|
|Fisheries Biology: Conservation and Management|
|Biogeochemistry (or ESCI 896 Topics/Biogeochemistry)|
|Ocean Waves and Tides|
|Coastal Engineering and Processes|
|Special Topics (Underwater Acoustics)|
|Graduate Special Topics (Coastal Sediment Transport)|
|Sharks and Bony Fishes|