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Pursue a career in ocean sciences!

The health of our oceans is key to the health and future habitability of our planet! Ocean scientists include physicists, chemists, geologists, biologists and mathematicians, who often work together in teams to solve the challenges posed by the complicated ocean environment.

As an ocean scientist you might make new discoveries about how ocean waters move, or how the ocean and atmosphere work together to control climate, or you may better understand earthquakes, discover new species, biochemical processes or geological features.

As an ocean engineer you might design, build, and operate robotic vehicles to support scientific investigations, contribute to national defense, or find employment in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Both ocean scientists and ocean engineers often work with economists, lawyers, managers, or others to develop ocean policy to mitigate the effects of human activities on the ocean and to preserve its living resources.

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Featured Program!

The Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program

The Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD Bridge Program focuses on increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in astronomy, biology, chemistry, materials science and physics. Students work towards the Master’s degree at Fisk with the intention to enter a PhD program at Vanderbilt or elsewhere, with access to instructional and research opportunities at both institutions. Tuition, stipend, and medical insurance are provided. Click here to learn more and apply!

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