The departmental exam also requires students to take SIO 210, SIO 260 and either SIO 240 or SIO 280. Each committee is expected to comprise:
- The student's advisor
- another faculty member from our curricular group (as chair)
- one of the faculty that teaches SIO 260 (Marine Chemistry)
- one of the faculty that teaches SIO 210 (Physical Oceanography)
- either a faculty member in Biological Oceanography (typically the instructor for SIO 280) or in Geological Science (SIO 240) (depending on the student's course work, interests and research goals).
The student will read a paper set by each committee member, and is expected to answer questions that synthesize their course work with the contents of these papers. This is an oral examination.