The Earth's surface is dominated by a vast interconnected ocean, which holds 96.5% of all Earth’s water. When surface freshwater is included, about 71% of the Earth’s surface is water covered. For this reason, the US federal definition of “oceans” includes the Great Lakes. We are all profoundly influenced by the oceans and its waters, which controls our climate, provides employment for millions of people, acts as a transport route for much of the world's commerce, and accepts vast quantities of waste.
Because of the range of scientific knowledge required to understand and function within the marine environment, including the atmosphere above the water surface, ocean science is usually divided into a variety of disciplines. The marine environment is influenced by interacting physical, chemical, biological and geological processes. It is this interdisciplinarity and the technology required to explore this vast resource which makes ocean science so exciting and demanding.
At Michigan Tech, graduate students work one on one with faculty to conduct research
in atmospheric and space sciences and related areas.
Are you a prospective or current graduate student? Connect with faculty members whose research interests are related to ocean sciences through our faculty locator.
Our undergraduate students receive valuable hands-on learning and research experiences through enterprise and senior design teams. Learn more about related undergraduate research:
Students earn credit for working on real client projects across multiple disciplines. See our Enterprise teams.
Senior Design Projects
Senior Design experiences provide students with an opportunity to further develop their teamwork and communication skills through unstructured "real-world" problem-solving.
Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are more in demand than ever. Michigan Tech offers a variety of STEM outreach programs to help spark the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.
The Mind Trekkers traveling road show reveals the science behind the mystery! Hands-on activities allow young and old learners alike to experience STEM in new and exciting ways. Walk on water, make ice cream in 60 seconds, and shatter roses like glass. Check the schedule to see when Mind Trekkers will be in your area.
Learn more about Mind Trekkers
Summer Youth Programs
Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is not your ordinary summer camp! SYP offers more than 50 career and adventure explorations for grades 6–11. Learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film . . . the opportunities are endless. The weeklong explorations are a great chance to explore college life at Michigan Tech.
Western UP Center for Math, Science, and Environmental Education
The Western UP Center (a partnership between Copper Country Intermediate School District, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, and Michigan Tech) offers a wide variety of award-winning student and community programs including:
- summer institutes and courses for teachers,
- Great Lakes education,
- investigations aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz,
- outdoor science field trips, and
- family forest, science, and engineering nights.