Completion of this certificate will prepare students with the tools and techniques for surveying and collecting scientific data underwater in reef, sea grass and mangrove island communities using scuba diving skills and research methodology as applied to the fields of shipwreck archeology, physical oceanography and marine biology. Graduates may be qualified to work for research programs.

Diving certifications are available through agencies such as the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

Required Courses – 11 total credit hours
  • ISC 2132 Basic Research Diving (4)
  • OCB 1000 Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
  • OCB 2102C Marine Data Collection (4)
Required Elective (choose 3 credit hours)
  • OCB 2107C – Field Application of Marine Science: Monitoring Caribbean Reef Fish (3)
  • OCB 2132C – Field Application of Marine Science: Restoration of Coral Reefs (3)
  • OCB 2262C – Field Application of Marine Science: Assessment of Coral Reef Habitats (3)
  • OCB 2263C – Coral Reef Biology and Management (4)
  • PEN 2942 – Diving Business and Technology Internship (1–4)
Total Credits Required: 14

A Pathway To:

  • Scientific Diver

The courses listed above are only a guide. Following these tracks does not guarantee admission into a university. Course requirements may change each year. You are responsible and encourage to work closely with your advisor. Some courses are offered night/online only every other year. For more information, contact the Office of Advising Services at 305-809-3196.