B.Sc. On Campus


Hawai'i Pacific University

48 months
28800 USD/year
28800 USD/year
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The Oceanography program at the Hawai'i Pacific University is the interdisciplinary study of the global oceans -- from shallow coastal areas to the deepest ocean trenches, from the tropics to the polar seas.


Our dedicated marine science faculty’s expertise covers a broad range of disciplines, producing a well-rounded experience for our students. In addition to a rigorous classroom education, Oceanography program at the Hawai'i Pacific University emphasize hands-on learning in laboratory and field courses throughout the degree curriculum.

Key facts:

The Oceanography program at the Hawai'i Pacific University is usually divided into four sub-disciplines:

  • Physical Oceanography – the study of waves, currents, tides, and ocean energy.
  • Geological Oceanography – the study of the sediments, rocks, and structure of the seafloor and coastal margins.
  • Chemical Oceanography – the study of the composition and properties of seawater and how it is affected by physical mixing processes and interactions with the seafloor, the atmosphere, and ocean life.
  • Biological Oceanography – the study of marine organisms and their interactions with the ocean environment.

All of these sub-disciplines are highly interrelated, as well as being closely aligned to other fields such as meteorology/atmospheric science, geophysics, and ocean engineering. 

As you might expect, biological oceanography shares many aspects with marine biology, but is generally more focused on the interactions of specific parameters within the marine environment -- paying particular attention to the affects of chemical, physical, or geographic properties of the ocean -- and marine organism distribution and/or the patterns of biological populations in the sea. HPU’s oceanography program includes all of the sub-disciplines of oceanography.


An undergraduate degree in Oceanography from HPU is extremely versatile; we provide you with a strong academic foundation in the physical and biological sciences, including additional preparation in understanding marine systems. In particular, our B.S. in oceanography will prepare you for an entry-level marine/aquatic science position in a government agency helping to establish marine policy or performing fisheries management; in a research setting as a field or data technician; or in a non-profit or education setting, to name a few. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • General Biology 
  • General Chemistry 
  • College Physics
  • Calculus
  • Biometry
  • General Oceanography

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • $45 Application Fee
  • SAT I or ACT Scores (freshman only)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14400 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    28800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14400 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Honolulu

1640 - 2500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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