Degree Programs and Curriculum

Chemical Oceanography

Chemical Oceanography at USF Marine Science

Chemical oceanographers seek to understand the ways in which various elements are cycled within the oceans, and the reactions that these elements undergo. Ocean chemists improve our understanding of the basic conditions under which ocean life thrives in seawater, and help predict the effects of anthropogenic and natural climate change on ocean composition.

Research programs in the College of Marine Science include such wide ranging topics as the role and variability of nutrients in seawater, the distribution and cycling of rare earth elements and other trace metals, examination of the oceans’ CO2 system, the study of dissolved organic matter, molecular organic compounds, radionuclides and stable isotopes in the oceans, and the distribution of chemical pollutants and their toxicity on marine organisms and ecosystems. Faculty and students utilize a wide variety of state-of-the art instrumentation and technology for investigating these research problems.

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Please visit our Chemical Oceanography faculty page to learn more about current research and our how to apply page to learn more about admissions into our Master’s or PhD programs.