Combined Physics and Oceanography Major

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Combined Major (3126): Oceanography and Physics11

First Year  
Communication Requirement1 3
PHYS 117, 118, 119 or (107, 108, 109)2 7
CHEM 121, 123 (or 111, 113) 8
EOSC 1123 3
MATH 100 or 102 or 1045 3
MATH 101 or 103 or 1056 3
Electives4, 7, 8 3    
Total Credits 30
Second Year  
Communication Requirement1 3
MATH 200, 215, 221 9
PHYS 200, 216, 219, 229 10
EOSC 21111 3
Electives8, 9 5
Third Year  
PHYS 312 or MATH 316 3
MATH 317 3
PHYS 203 4
PHYS 309 or PHYS 319 3
EOSC 372, 373 6
Electives8, 9 8
Third or Fourth Year10  
ATSC 409 3
EOSC 477 3
PHYS 314 3
Fourth Year  
PHYS 301, 304, 409 12
EOSC 354 3
EOSC 473 or EOSC 448 3

Electives8, 9

Total Credits for Third and Fourth Year 60
ITotal Credits for Degree 120

1A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 is recommended. For full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.

2Students without credit for Physics 12 will be required to take PHYS 100 prior to PHYS 101, 107 or 117. PHYS 100 will count as an elective. Qualified students are encouraged to take PHYS 107, 108, 109. Students that took PHYS 101 may enter the specialization but will need to take PHYS 107, 117, or 170 before the required PHYS 216.

3Students who enter the specialization after second year may substitute EOSC 340.

4Students without Biology 11 or 12 must take 3 credits of 100-level BIOL.

5MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits.

6MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit.

7A recommended 1 credit elective is EOSC 111.

8Surplus elective credit taken in first or second year can be applied to third or fourth year as elective credit.

9The computation requirement and breadth requirement of the Faculty of Science are satisfied by the combination of courses in the combined major. However, the electives must be selected to ensure that the following Faculty of Science requirements are met: a) at least 12 credits must be from the Faculty of Arts, excluding Arts credits used to satisfy the Faculty of Science Communication Requirement; b) at least 48 upper-level credits including specialization requirements.

10These courses are offered every second Winter Session.

11Students may delay EOSC 211 until their third year if course timetable conflicts do not allow it to be done in second year.

Specialization Objectives:

Mastery of the curriculum will:

  1. provide enough physics/mathematics to qualify students for graduate school in either physics, oceanography, or environmental science;
  2. qualify students for employment as technicians in environmental sciences.

Learning Goals:

Students completing this specialization will be able to:

  1. demonstrate basic knowledge about the ocean environment, mostly (but not solely) from a physics perspective;
  2. use analytical problem solving including mathematical techniques as far as partial differential equations and linear algebra, and statistical techniques for time series analysis;
  3. use numerical problem solving (using computer programming skills) both with models and with real data;
  4. use basic field/electronic/laboratory skills for observation and experimentation in physical oceanography;
  5. illustrate the distinctions between data, experiment, theory, and model;
  6. integrate theory, observations, and/or numerics to solve physical oceanography problems;
  7. conduct independent study on a topic of their choosing;
  8. write reports and communicate through oral presentations.