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College of Arts and Sciences

Marine Science

The School of Earth, Ocean, and the Environment offers an interdisciplinary academic program in Marine Science. This all-encompassing program focuses on all aspects of marine life including geology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, environmental, physics, engineering, environmental health and social sciences.

Undergraduate: B.S.

The B.S. in marine science (as opposed to marine biology) offers a holistic approach to the study of the oceans. One cannot truly understand the organisms living in the ocean without fully understanding their unique ocean environment. Marine science majors take a series of core courses covering the geological, biological, chemical, and physical areas of oceanography, and then choose upper-level major courses to tailor the degree to their specific interests.  Students may choose to specialize in biological, chemical, geological or physical oceanography, or coastal resource management/marine affairs and have specific areas of emphasis listed on their transcripts upon graduation.

Graduate: M.S. and Ph.D.

The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in marine science. Active research in the program covers a wide variety of disciplines under the direction of an extraordinary faculty. The marine science graduate program is designed to train scientists for careers in research, teaching and scientific leadership in fields pertaining to Earth’s oceans.

Graduate study in marine science stresses interdisciplinary education, as evidenced by the diversity of faculty participating in the program from various departments within the University Programs leading to both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees provide training in a variety of areas of marine science and oceanography, including biology, chemistry, geology and physics. Other specializations can be developed in areas such as ocean policy, marine affairs and marine science education. Financial support is available to a number of students each year in the form of marine science instructional assistantships and research assistantships, as well as external and university-wide fellowships.


Director of the School of the Earth, Ocean & Envrironment
Carol Boggs

Undergraduate Director
Gwendelyn Geidel

Graduate Director
Joseph Quattro

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