What is special about the BS degree in Physics and Physical
- This program gives students early exposure to oceanography in addition
to physics. It will make students feel at home in both disciplines right
from the beginning.
- The course sequences of this program and the BS in physics program
are such as to make it possible for undecided students to switch from one
to the other as late as at the beginning of the junior year and still graduate
with the same class.
- This program emphasizes applications of physics relevant to physical
oceanography. Students in this program are working with faculty in both
physics and physical oceanography. Students are therefore optimally prepared
for graduate programs in oceanography. They are also well qualified to
pursue graduate studies in physics.
- Students in this program are able to take advantage of the research
and teaching infrastructure at one of the most renowned schools of oceanography
in the country. Special facilities on the Bay Campus include the Pell Scientific Library,
a research reactor, a geophysical fluid dynamics laboratory, the 185-foot
Research Vessel Endeavor, a marine ecosystem laboratory, and a research
- Students in this program will do their senior project at the Bay Campus
under the supervision of physical oceanography or physics faculty. Student
research projects in this program may be funded through the Coastal
- Students in this program have opportunities to participate in
cruises on the research ship Endeavor during summers.
- For the first three semesters of physics courses we offer honors sections
to well prepared students. These small courses of 10-15 students explore
the course materials more in depth and with more advanced
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``My undergraduate education in physics has
proven critical to my success in ocean exploration. It has not only helped
me to understand ... the physics of the sea but also to work with engineers
in creating new and exciting technologies to explore it.''
--- Robert Ballard, Professor of Oceanography, URI Graduate School of Oceanography
``Oceanography is a
rapidly growing and generally interdisciplinary science. The best preparation
for a student of oceanography is a really solid background in one of the
core disciplines: physics, biology, chemistry, geology. The ideal preparation
for physical oceanography graduate study is a Bachelor's degree in physics,
including the study of fluid dynamics. '' --- David
Farmer, Professor of Oceanography, Dean of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography
``There is an urgent need
for the greater engagement of analytically capable, multi-disciplinary
professionals in the challenging coastal and marine issues of our
time. URI is one of very few places with a B.S. program from
which students graduate with a rigorous background in physics and with an
experiential education in applied oceanographic issues such as are addressed
by the Sea Grant.
'' --- Barry Costa-Pierce, Ph.D., Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant