BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS AND PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHYThe Department of Physics and the Graduate School of Oceanography offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in physics and physical oceanography.
Coordinators: Professors Heskett and Muller (Physics). The faculty consists of
the members of the Department of Physics and the GSO's physical oceanography
This program includes a comprehensive background in physics and a solid
introduction to physical oceanography. The curriculum includes a full set of
physics and mathematics courses required for a B.S. in physics, with extra
emphasis on classical physics, plus additional upper-division or
graduate-level courses in fluid dynamics and physical oceanography.
The senior physics research project (PHY 483 and 484) will be undertaken in
the Graduate School of Oceanography under the supervision of a GSO or physics
faculty member. In addition, students may find summer employment or
participate in oceanographic research cruises after their junior year.
Students graduating in this course of study are well prepared to pursue
careers in physics or physical oceanography. Technical positions in private
or government oceanographic research laboratories are available for physical
oceanographers at the B.S. level. Students who continue on to graduate
studies should expect to find high demand for physical oceanographers with
advanced degrees. Students entering the URI Graduate School of Oceanography
from this program will have a significant head start compared to those
entering from most other undergraduate institutions.
A list of required courses and their placment in the 4-year program are found
in the detailed course sequence.
A total of 129 credits is required for graduation.