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Ocean & Earth Science (Minor)

The minor in Ocean & Earth Sciences is designed for students who wish to supplement their major course of study with coursework in this field. Juniors and seniors with declared majors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics are eligible to enter the minor program. Students wishing to pursue the minor may elect to emphasize any aspect of geology, or biological, chemical, or physical oceanography.

Ocean & Earth Science (Minor)


Description


What is Ocean & Earth Science at ODU like?

The minor in Ocean & Earth Sciences is designed for students who wish to supplement their major course of study with coursework in this field. Juniors and seniors with declared majors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics are eligible to enter the minor program. Students wishing to pursue the minor may elect to emphasize any aspect of geology, or biological, chemical, or physical oceanography.

Program Highlights


What makes Ocean & Earth Science at ODU unique?

  • The minor allows students to supplement their major course of study with coursework in the field of ocean and earth sciences.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Ocean & Earth Science at ODU?

OEAS 306:
Oceanography


General survey of physical, geological, chemical and biological oceanography. The application of skills from mathematics, geology, physics, biology and chemistry for the solution of oceanographic problems. Prerequisites: MATH 211 or MATH 205, BIOL 121N or BIOL 136N and BIOL 122N or BIOL 137N, CHEM 121N-CHEM 122N, OEAS 111N, and PHYS 111N or PHYS 231N.

OEAS 403W:
Aquatic Pollution


This course will present basic ecological principles relevant to water pollution and ecotoxicology. Topics will include runoff, eutrophication, water and sewage treatment, industrial waste, oil pollution, pesticides, and plastics in the sea. Case studies provide focal points for consideration of issues in making decisions and setting policy. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: grade of C or better in ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C. Pre- or corequisites: a grade of C or better in OEAS 306.

OEAS 303:
Paleontology


This course introduces the concepts of paleontology. Topics include: the concept of time; taphonomy and fossil types; fossil lagerstaetten; biomineralization; functional morphology and bauplans; paleontological versus biological species concept; biofilms; morphospace and adaptive landscapes; evolution of main invertebrate groups; paleoecology; extinction dynamics; and human evolution and the Anthropocene. Two field trips are recommended. Prerequisite: OEAS 112N.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Ocean & Earth Science at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Ocean & Earth Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Students with majors in other disciplines should consult with the OEAS chief departmental advisor before applying to the program since specific course prerequisites for upper division courses in the minor will be strictly enforced.

  • To declare this minor, a student must have already declared a major and have a minimum GPA of 2.00.  Students must declare the Ocean and Earth science minor with the chief departmental advisor (CDA).  To successfully complete the minor, a student must complete 12 credit hours of OEAS coursework at the 300 and/or 400 level. The following courses do not satisfy the minor requirements:  OEAS 302, OEAS 402, and OEAS 426.  Students must receive a C or better in each course taken for the minor including prerequisites, and a minimum of six credit hours must be completed at Old Dominion University.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

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Name:

David J Burdige


Location:

439 OCEANOGRAPHY&PHYSICS BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4930


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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