Free Online Oceanography Courses from Top Universities

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The Massachusetts Institution of Technology offers free study in oceanography online. Students can pick from seven courses that delve into areas such as ocean chemistry and measurement.
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Free Oceanography Courses

One of the most highly rated universities for technical studies offers several oceanography courses that individuals can complete online for free. Courses touch on the use of chemistry in testing ocean samples as well as tools to analyze data.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Individuals taking oceanography courses through MIT's OpenCourseWare study organic matter found in the ocean and marine sediments, continental ice cores and marine records in order to discern climatic changes. They also learn about quantitative tools to analyze paleoceanographic data. Students can also check out chemistry-related courses that address topics like chemical analysis and sampling of the ocean, chemical oceanography and experimental methodologies used in marine chemistry. An advanced class on the study of science as a research and social process is also available, recommended for marine science students who are working on thesis research.

Free Online Oceanography Courses at a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Marine Organic Geochemistry course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text Yes No Yes
Paleoceanography course from from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text Yes No Yes
Marine Chemistry course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text, audio lectures Yes No Yes
Introduction to Observational Physical Oceanography course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text Yes No Yes
Chemical Investigations of Boston Harbor course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Marine Chemistry Seminar course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate External reading resources Yes No Yes
Science and Communication course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text, external reading resources Yes No Yes

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    1. Johns Hopkins University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy
      • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy
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      • Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security Studies
      • Certificate in Science Writing
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    2. Kaplan University

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    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Environmental Policy and Management
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    3. Indiana Wesleyan University

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    Certificate
      • Graduate Biology Certificate
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    4. Southern New Hampshire University

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      • BS Environmental Science in Geospatial Technologies
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    5. Excelsior College

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    Bachelor's
      • BS in Social Sciences (Environmental Studies)
      • BS in Natural Sciences (Biology)
      • BS in Natural Sciences [Without Concentration]
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    University of Connecticut

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    Oregon State University

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    University of Miami

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    Florida State University

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    10. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security Studies
  • Certificate in Science Writing

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Kaplan University

  • Bachelor: Environmental Policy and Management

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Graduate Biology Certificate

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • BS Environmental Science in Geospatial Technologies

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Excelsior College

  • BS in Social Sciences (Environmental Studies)
  • BS in Natural Sciences (Biology)
  • BS in Natural Sciences [Without Concentration]

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