Program Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes summarize the most important knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that students are expected to develop over the course of their studies. The program learning outcomes clearly communicate the Department's expectations for students, provide a framework for faculty evaluation of the curriculum based on empirical data, and help improve and measure the impact of implemented changes. The Program Learning Outcomes for students graduating with a Ph.D. or M.S. in Ocean Sciences are stated below.

Ocean Sciences Doctoral Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Ocean Sciences Ph.D program will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of Biological, Chemical, Geological and Physical oceanography.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and ability to critically evaluate current research in one or more subfields of oceanography relevant to a selected research specialty (which may be Biological, Chemical, Geological and/or Physical Oceanography, as many oceanographers are interdisciplinary).
  3. Demonstrate abilities to perform laboratory, theoretical, and/or computational techniques necessary to contribute to knowledge in a subdiscipline of oceanography.
  4. Demonstrate ability to identify a novel research project, develop a tractable plan, execute, complete and defend original research that makes an original contribution to scientific knowledge.
  5. Demonstrate ability to communicate fundamental concepts of Oceanography, as well as details of their own research, in both written and oral form, to expert and non-expert audiences.
  6. Demonstrate teaching skills for communicating science.

Ocean Sciences Master's Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Ocean Sciences M.S. program will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamentals of oceanography, including Physical Oceanography and at least two of the following specialty areas (Biological, Chemical, Geological Oceanography).
  2. Master laboratory, theoretical, and/or computational techniques necessary to contribute to knowledge in their research area.
  3. Have ability to conduct an independent research project.
  4. Demonstrate ability to communicate concepts and results to expert and non-expert audiences.
  5. Demonstrate science teaching skills.