Advisers: Paul H. Yancey (Biology)

Whitman College is associated with the School of Oceanography of the University of Washington in a program for liberal education in biological or geological oceanography. The plan requires five years of study; typically three years at Whitman College and two years at the University of Washington. Students complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in either Biology or Geology from Whitman College and a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the University of Washington. At Whitman College, all candidates must complete the appropriate requirements outlined below, receive a recommendation from Whitman College, and apply as transfer student to the University of Washington.

This plan requires careful scheduling. Students must declare one of these majors by the end of their fourth semester in residence at Whitman College (transfer students must declare at the end of their second semester in residence at Whitman College). Interested Whitman students should contact the Whitman Oceanography adviser in their first year at Whitman, and the University of Washington Oceanography academic adviser (Michelle Townsend, mtown@u.washington.edu) when they apply for transfer to coordinate with the admissions office, and to answer questions about course planning.

In order to secure a recommendation from Whitman, a student must satisfy the following requirements during his or her three years at Whitman:

  1. Earn at least 94 credits and spend three years at Whitman (62 credits and two years for transfer students) with a Whitman grade-point average of at least 3.0.
  2. Complete the First-Year Experience, required of all first-year students attending Whitman.
  3. Complete the General Studies Distribution Requirements at Whitman.
  4. Complete certain mathematics and sciences courses including those listed below, with a cumulative GPA at Whitman in these courses of at least 3.0.

Required Math and Science Courses at Whitman College: All Candidates

  1. Mathematics: 125, 126, and 225, 235 or an approved Statistics course (see Whitman Oceanography adviser for current list). 
  2. Chemistry: 125, 126, 135, and 136 (2 semesters "General Chemistry" with labs) or 140, and 245.
  3. Geology:  110, 120, or 210. It is strongly recommended that students also take an introductory Oceanography or Atmospheric Science class at Whitman College, such as Geology 180 or 130.
  4. Biology: 111 and 112
  5. Physics: 155 and 156, or the advanced version of 165 and 166 at Whitman College; or the Physics 121-122-123 series at the University of Washington; or Physics 155 at Whitman College and Ocean 285 at the University of Washington.

Also, it is strongly recommended that students take an introductory Marine or Atmospheric Science class at Whitman College, such as Biology 178 or 278, or Geology 130.

Additional Required Courses at Whitman College for Biology-Oceanography Majors

Biology-Oceanography students must also take Biology 205, Chemistry 245, and one course from each of the three upper division Biology and/or BBMB courses in Molecular/Cell, Organismal, and Ecology/Evolution categories at Whitman College. At UW, they must take at least seven semester-equivalent credits of upper-division biology electives, and three semester-equivalent credits of independent research; and they must take the Biology Graduate Record Examination and attain a score sufficient to satisfy Whitman's requirements.

Additional Required Courses at Whitman College for Geology-Oceanography Majors

Geology-Oceanography students must also take Geology 227, 350, 358, 368, and four or more credits in geology courses numbered above 300 at Whitman College. At UW, they must take at least 12 semester-equivalent credits of upper-division geology electives; and they must take the geology department written major examination and attain a score sufficient to satisfy Whitman's requirements.