The Department of Oceanography officially dates from August 1, 2013 by the merging of formerly the Institute of Marine Biology, the Institute of Marine Geology and Chemistry, and the Bachelor Degree Program in Marine Sciences as well as some additional faculty members in the fields of physical oceanography from the Institute of Applied Marine Physics and Undersea Technology. The Department offers three degrees to students worldwide: Bachelor Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The undergraduate program aims to educate the students with a core of required courses, including the four basic disciplines of oceanography-physical, chemical, biological, and geological oceanography, with emphasis on sea-going capability. For graduate studies, the curriculum are designed to train professionals in the fields of Marine Biology, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Geology/Geological Oceanography, and Physical Oceanography, as well as interdisciplinary studies involving multiple oceanographic fields.