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Which career/degree is the one im looking for, oceanography or marine biology?

Asked by InkyAnn (2441points) February 7th, 2010

Ok, so ive decided to go back to school and i know that i want to work with and within the ocean/water. But i dont really know the difference between Oceanography and Marine Biology, i did look it up but they both seem pretty much the same to me. so heres what i want to do once i graduate, i want to study sea life and organisms, currents, effects brought on by water tempetures, work with corals and different underwater plants, possibly discover a new speices. now when i looked up the difference it seemed that both had those and at the sametime none of that… so i ask you dear futherers which is the best for me to take for what im looking for in the end. if you have a degree in one or the other or both PLEASE help me out.

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PandoraBoxx's avatar

Oceanography is a broader subject, which marine biology can fall under.

SeventhSense's avatar

Find a way for us to get all the garbage out of the ocean.

CMaz's avatar

See if THIS helps you.

Harbor Branch is down the street from where work. Very cool place. You usually see their sub on TV when it comes to exploring the ocean.
Might have the information you are looking for.

Give them a call.

lilikoi's avatar

Second @PandoraBoxx. Check out the Wikipedia article on oceanography, which also supports this.

From what you describe, it sounds like you want marine biology, but I’m thinking “currents” don’t fit into that nicely. What do you mean by currents? Do you mean you want to know where they are? Or how it affects marine life? Or how to navigate the ocean by using them?

Cruiser's avatar

Go to your nearest city Aquarium and talk to the scientists on staff there. They love to talk about their jobs and can tell you first hand all about working in the world of Neptune.

InkyAnn's avatar

@PandoraBoxx i actually found a school in my area that has both studys thing is its a 17 course of marine wich 4 of then are oceanography lol, @ChazMaz thank you ill give them a call. @lilikoi RE: currents everything u listed i want to learn everything i possibly can about the ocean and everything in it, hands on and from land as well. @Cruiser thank you too!!! thats a great idea! now i just have to find one in my area! @SeventhSense i promis if i ever get into a position where i can i will. now i just need to figure out this whole getting started with college thing, student loans and so on and so forth

lilikoi's avatar

Check out the Sea Grant website. Good info there, also good funding for future.

otandy's avatar

I saw this question and I just had to answer it. I started my college career at the University of Miami as a Marine Science/Biology major. What you are describing as your interests, primarily living organisms, are what marine biology focuses on. Biology is a science of life, marine biology being the study of living organisms in the water. Oceanography is a physical or earth science versus a life science. It is closer to geology. Oceanographers mostly study waves, currents and geology. I question the source of your information that made the two sciences seem similar. The only common thing between the two is their focus on the ocean. I did research for a professor of oceanography and most of what he did was crunch numbers from satellite imagery of ocean currents. When I was working with a marine biologist we were studying the ingestion rates of scallops to determine feeding behavior and best determine how to care for them. One other thing, be prepared for a long haul at school, there’s not too many people working in any type of marine science without a PhD. Good luck!

El_Cadejo's avatar

Marine Biology is what you’re describing.

I just recently started my first semester back at college for marine biology after droppin out for 3 years :P

guitargirl93's avatar

Marine Biology. That’s the field I want to go into! :)

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