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Walla Walla Community College

Why Choose WWCC for Oceanography?

Our Oceanography course will take you on a journey through the world’s oceans and coastal waters. You’ll learn how ocean waters move — and what’s happening on the ocean floor. You’ll study the chemistry of seawater. And you’ll see how oceans affect climate, weather and coastal life. Oceans cover more than 70% of our world. At WWCC, you can explore this fascinating world under the waves.

Careers in Oceanography

Explore What’s Under the Waves

With training in Oceanography, you can have a career working with marine wildlife. You can help conserve or restore coastal areas. You can study seawater — and how it interacts with the ecosystem. Or you can help understand how events like tsunamis and coastal erosion affect life on land. As a researcher, technician or teacher, you can have a great career answering important questions about the world’s oceans, coasts and marine life.

Certificates & Degrees in Oceanography

For a successful science career, you’ll likely need to earn several advanced degrees. At WWCC, you can complete your general ed courses and transfer to a four-year college with junior standing. You’ll save money as you work toward a bachelor’s degree and beyond.

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Oceanography Program Details

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the knowledge foundational to physical, life and/or sports sciences.
  • Test hypotheses in the laboratory or field using discipline-specific tools and techniques for data collection and analysis.
  • Use empirical evidence or mathematical models generated from observable phenomena to reach an informed conclusion.
  • Evaluate the validity of scientific information and reflect upon its implications.
  • Communicate scientific information effectively using written, oral, and/or visual forms.
  • Make decisions and propose solutions based on science regarding their own personal health as well as issues that impact their communities.

Scholarship Opportunities

At WWCC, we’ll help you find scholarships that may be open to you. Scholarships provide money for school that you don’t have to pay back. They can be used for things like tuition, books, tools and fees. They come from sources like the WWCC Foundation, local businesses and private funds. Some WWCC programs also have scholarships for students working toward a certain certificate or degree. You might qualify based on good grades, financial need or the potential to benefit from school. The bottom line: You have options. We’ll help you explore them at WWCC.

Paying for Your Degree

There are lots of ways to pay for college. We will work with you to find the right mix of support so that you can go after your dreams. Talk with us to learn more about:

  • Financial aid — grants, scholarships and student loans.
  • Workforce Education Services — support for students on workforce training pathways.
  • Warrior Pledge — covers needs not met by other financial aid.
  • Flexible payment plans — low monthly payments with no interest.
  • Work study — work part-time on campus while you earn your degree.
  • Emergency funds — for students who are struggling to make ends meet.

You can go to college. Start exploring your options today.

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