Marine Sciences

Course descriptions

Students in the Marine Sciences major receive multidisciplinary training in the biological, chemical, physical, and geological processes of the ocean with emphasis on how humans impact the coastal environment. In addition to receiving a strong foundation in mathematics and natural sciences, students engage in experiential learning, fieldwork, internships, study abroad and senior-year capstone courses that foster interdisciplinary training. 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. Required courses in Basic Sciences and Math

BIOL 1107 and 1108; CHEM 1124Q, 1125Q and 1126Q, or CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q; MATH 1131Q, and 1132Q; PHYS 1201Q and 1202Q, or PHYS 1401Q and 1402Q; 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 1002 or 1003, 2801W, 3001, 3002, 3003Q, 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.

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. Required courses in the Basic Sciences and Math

BIOL 1107 and 1108; CHEM 1124Q, 1125Q, and 1126Q, or CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q; MATH 1060Q and 1071Q, or MATH 1131Q; PHYS 1201Q or PHYS 1401Q; STAT 1100Q or another course approved by the Department Head.

II. Marine Sciences B.A. Major Requirements

The following courses constitute the major requirements: MARN 1002 or 1003, 2801W, 3001, 3002, 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.

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.

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

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