Marine Sciences

Marine Sciences

James O’Donnell, center, and Michael M. Whitney, left, both professors, researchers and oceanographers in the Department of Marine Sciences at Avery Point, study water velocities and density variation over a series of underwater sand waves in eastern Long Island Sound.

 

Course descriptions

The Marine Sciences major at the University of Connecticut provides students the opportunity to study the biological, chemical, geological and physical environment of the oceans. This field-intensive program focuses on understanding the ocean environment and human impacts on coastal habitats. Courses are designed to provide a solid foundation in science and mathematics. Experiential learning opportunities, internships, study abroad and senior-year capstone courses allow for interdisciplinary studies and hands-on learning. The Marine Sciences major at UConn prepares graduates for employment in environmental consulting, regulatory agencies and research institutions, and for graduate studies.

Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences

The B.S. in Marine Sciences requires a foundation of courses including 30 credits of Marine Sciences courses, and 12 credits of Related Area courses. Marine Sciences majors in the B.S. must pass the following courses:

I. 1000-Level Courses

BIOL 1107 and 1108; either CHEM 1124Q, 1125Q and 1126Q, or CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q; MATH 1131Q, and 1132Q; either PHYS 1201Q and 1202Q, or PHYS 1401Q and 1402Q; MARN 1002 or 1003.

Marine Sciences requires a course in data analysis and interpretation. This requirement may be fulfilled with STAT 1100Q or another course approved by the Department Head.

II. Marine Sciences B.S. Major Requirements

The following courses constitute the major requirements: MARN 2002, 3001, 3003Q, 3801W, 4001, 4002, and three electives. The electives must represent different areas of Marine Sciences. Three courses must be completed from the following groups of electives. At least one course must be completed from each of the two groups:

Students may be able to use MARN 3893, 4893, 4895, 4898 or other MARN courses towards one or more of these electives with prior approval of the Department Head.

III. Marine Sciences B.S. Related Area

In consultation with their faculty advisor, students choose Related Area courses appropriate to their interests. The department maintains a list of courses acceptable for this requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Marine Sciences

Students who choose the B.A. in Marine Sciences are typically more interested in marine and environmental policy, management, and/or education. The B.A. in Marine Sciences requires a foundation of courses including 26 credits of Marine Sciences courses, and 18 credits constituting the Related Area.

Marine Sciences majors in the B.A. must pass the following courses:

I. 1000-Level Courses

BIOL 1107 and 1108; either CHEM 1124Q, 1125Q, and 1126Q, or CHEM 1127Qand 1128Q; either MATH 1060Q and 1110Q, or MATH 1060Q and 1071Q; either PHYS 1201Q and 1202Q, or PHYS 1401Q and 1402Q; MARN 1002 or 1003.

Marine Sciences requires a course in data analysis and interpretation. This requirement may be fulfilled with STAT 1100Q or another course approved by the department.

II. Marine Sciences B.A. Major Requirements

The following courses constitute the major requirements: MARN 2002, 3001, 3801W, 4001, 4002, and any three of the MARN electives listed in Group 1 or Group 2 in the B.S. requirements above.

Students may be able to use MARN 3893, 4893, 4895, 4898, or other MARN courses towards one or more of these electives with prior approval of the Department Head.

III. Marine Sciences B.A. Related Area

In consultation with their faculty advisor, students choose Related Area courses appropriate to their interests. The department maintains a list of acceptable courses.

Competency Requirements (B.S. and B.A. programs)

The University’s General Education competency requirements for information literacy will be satisfied by completing the requirements above, in particular MARN 3001, 3801W, and 4002. The writing in the major requirement will be satisfied by MARN 3801W.

Note: Some Marine Sciences courses may be offered only at the Avery Point campus. Others may be partially available through Distance Learning. Please check the Directory of Courses in this Catalog.

Minors in Marine Biology and Oceanography are described in the Minors section.

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