|2004-2005 UAF Catalog|
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Minimum Requirements for Degrees: M.S.: 30 credits; Ph.D.: 18 thesis credits
This program offers M.S. degrees in several concentration areas of oceanography: physical, chemical, biological, geological and fisheries. Limnological research projects are also undertaken under the oceanography degree. The Ph.D. degree is offered in oceanography.
Opportunities for laboratory and field work are available through the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences include the Institute of Marine Science. These include laboratories at Fairbanks, the Seward Marine Center, Kasitsna Bay, the Juneau Center, and the Fishery Industrial Technology Center at Kodiak. Research vessels operated by the institute and school include the R/V Alpha Helix, which has open-ocean capabilities and operates in Alaskan coastal waters, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Bering Sea, and the R/V Little Dipper, which operates on day trips in Resurrection Bay. Laboratory facilities include a seawater system at Seward and a variety of modern and analytical instrumentation, including stable isotope mass spectrometers, a gamma spectrometer, a flow cytometer facility, and gas and liquid chromatography equipment. Mainframe and personal computing facilities are readily accessible to graduate students.
Oceanography is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. For both M.S. and Ph.D. oceanography students, research emphasis is on processes influencing the ocean’s circulation, composition, biological productivity and geology. Students considering graduate study in oceanography should have a strong background in physics, chemistry, biology, geology or mathematics, and a working familiarity with the other subjects.
Concentrations: Biological, Chemical, Fisheries, Geological, Physical
* There are no fixed course requirements, nor is an M.S. degree required
to earn the Ph.D. degree. However, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in
oceanography (biological, chemical, fisheries, geological, and physical
oceanography) will be expected to have completed course work at least
equivalent to that required for the corresponding M.S. degree.