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Oceanography is the study of the world's oceans and coastal waters. More specifically it is the study of motion and circulation of the ocean waters; the physical and chemical properties of the oceans; and how these properties affect coastal areas, climate, and weather.

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STEVEN MAY

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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362


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Mission

The Science Division seeks to provide students with a diverse array of physical and life science classes through which they will develop an increased awareness and understanding of scientific knowledge and the scientific method of investigation by which this knowledge has been gained.

Program Outcomes

  • An understanding of discipline specific terminology and methods.
  • An ability to correctly use discipline specific tools and /or techniques.
  • Critical thinking skills necessary in science including appropriate study techniques, problem solving skills and the use of data to assess the validity of claims.
  • The ability to research, interpret and communicate concepts obtained from scientific literature.
  • An understanding of the relationships between course concepts and society, including the impact of course specific technology.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).

Preparation for Success

Students interested in a major in Oceanography should take courses in natural sciences, with an emphasis on biology, chemistry and geology. The ability to utilize computers is also essential.