Oceanography 

Do you have a fascination for the ocean? Are you interested in science? If so, oceanography may be your perfect match!

At Dickson College, students can complete a Major or Minor in Oceanography. In fact, Dickson College is the only College in the ACT to offer this exciting course. But what is Oceanography all about?

Oceanography is the science that studies physical, chemical, geological and biological processes within the Earth's oceans.

The oceans cover over 70 per cent of the Earth's surface and are fundamentally important to the human race as a source of food, energy, and minerals.

Oceanography has a diverse range of practical applications including predicting storm surges or waves that threaten coastal regions, studying the processes that cause beach erosion, assessing how offshore engineering affects the environment and managing fisheries for long-term sustainability.

Studying oceanography will also give you a firm foundation in biology, chemistry, geology and physics. Oceanography students are extremely well rounded and, as a result, excel in a wide variety of occupations.

The Oceanography course offers excursions to the coast and to Sydney, and even an overseas excursion to Vanuatu biannually.

The following units of work are offered through the Oceanography course:

  • Marine Mammals & Marine Geography
    Introduction to Oceanography, Marine mammals, Features of the ocean floor, The dynamic earth
  • Marine Ecosystems & The Sea as a Resource
    Energy and life, Components of ecosystems, Marine communities, Population variation, Marine resources, Maritime laws
  • Physical & Chemical Oceanography
    The Earth's energy budget, Climate change, Ocean currents, Waves and tides, Coastal landforms, Chemical and physical properties of seawater, Pollution of the sea
  • Marine Biology
    The Marine Environment, Introduction to marine organisms, Plankton, Nekton, Sharks.