A successful recipient of the Ph.D. degree in Oceanography/Marine Biology is expected to:
- understand the basic marine biological, chemical, geological, and physical processes to a level sufficient to communicate and collaborate with experts in those sub-disciplines; and be able to apply this knowledge to issues in research and resource management
- apply the scientific method to define, investigate, and evaluate hypotheses in at least one of these sub-disciplines
- conduct (as guided by, and to the satisfaction of, the doctoral committee and Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography faculty) advanced, original, and independent research that adds to the body of oceanographic knowledge in one or more of the sub-discipline areas
- communicate scientific results and conclusions clearly and logically in a written dissertation and in scientific presentations and publications
- Students are expected to complete degrees within 5 years of full-time study, and within 9 years in the case of part-time students (a minimum of 3 years enrollment in the Ph.D. program is required)
*Students are expected to complete the Ph.D. program in nine years or less, a minimum of three years is required.