Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences (M.S.) (Combined B.S./M.S.)
Director: Paul Bologna
Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences represent the wide variety of ecosystems that are linked through water. The study of Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences encompasses freshwater lakes and streams, estuaries, and coastal marine habitats. These habitats are critical for numerous plants and animals, but they can be compromised by human activities. Students who pursue this major are interested in understanding the relationships among plants, animals and humans and how to protect and restore these valuable ecosystems.
This major is an interdisciplinary program of study emphasizing the four core sciences of biology, geology, chemistry, and physics. This is a combined BS/MS program where students will be engaged in both class work and research, culminating in the development and completion of the Master's Thesis. Students completing this program will be well prepared to enter the work force in research, environmental consulting, education and regulatory agencies (e.g., EPA), as well as in non-profit organizations. Additionally, students will be prepared to undertake further graduate work.
The curriculum was designed for students who have had high school biology, chemistry, and physics, and three years of college preparatory mathematics.
Three courses for 9 credits will be applied from the UG program.
|AQUA 551||Advanced Aquatic Biological Processes||3|
|EAES 505||Environmental Geoscience||3|
|or EAES 526||Geochemistry|
|EAES 533||Water Resource Management||3|
|or EAES 560||Environmental Law|
|BIOL 592||Graduate Colloquium||1|
|or EAES 790||Colloquium in Environmental Management|
|Select 9 credits from the following:||9|
|Advanced Comparative Animal Physiology|
|Physiological Plant Ecology|
|Biology of Extreme Habitats|
|Physiological Ecology of Animals|
|Selected Advanced Topics in Biology|
|Selected Advanced Topics in Physiology|
|Selected Advanced Topics in Ecology|
|Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity|
|Advanced Physical Geology|
|Geographic Information Systems|
|Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of the Environment|
|Applied Groundwater Modeling|
|Advanced Marine Geology|
|AQUA 599||Graduate Research in Aquatic and Coastal Sciences||4|
|AQUA 698||Master's Thesis||6|
|Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.|