About Our Program
Palomar College’s Oceanography Program provides courses in oceanography along with laboratory experience. Together, they introduce the interdisciplinary nature of marine science. The program is part of the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences Department (ESES). Selected sections of Oceanography 100 Lecture are taught in an online format. Field trips in the Oceanography 100 Lab focus on understanding oceanographic aspects of coastal San Diego County. Students may also examine special topics (OCN195) or complete internships at neighboring research institutions for credit through Directed Study (OCN295). Our program also has a long-held tradition of hosting speakers invited from the professional community of oceanographers to discuss topics of special interest.
Courses are taught by three full-time faculty and adjunct instructors. All instructors are well-qualified with M.S. or Ph.D. degrees and come from a variety of backgrounds in industry and research. The program is part of the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences Department (ESES).
Coursework in oceanography is transferable to any 4-year college or university. Course offerings in oceanography provide excellent lower division background toward degrees in geology, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, environmental science, and oceanography. Undergraduate studies in marine science or general oceanography are possible at a few select schools; however, most career positions in oceanography require graduate degrees.
OCN 100 Text: Essentials of Oceanography, 12th Edition, Trujillo and Thurman, Pearson Education © 2017.
OCN 100L Text: Applications and Field Investigations in Oceanography, Deen and Yon © 2016.