Marine Science BS

Students in the Marine Science major apply a wide range of technologies to studying marine ecosystems. Through applied learning and research, you will gain the skills necessary to develop a sustainable balance between the unique environmental, recreational, cultural and economic opportunities in the Monterey Bay region.

Through lab and field experience, you will apply techniques of experimental design, data acquisition, analysis and presentation that provide you with the skills needed to monitor and analyze marine science problems. You are encouraged to interact with other Monterey Bay institutions, such as the Moss Landing Marine Labs, to take advantage of additional local expertise in marine and coastal ecology.

Graduates of the Marine Science major are prepared for a variety of career pathways in the public and private sector. Graduates are also poised to continue their education via graduate studies and research in ecology, environmental science and related fields.

To learn more about the major, visit the School of Natural Sciences website.

Required Courses

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements. Marine Science majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must earn a C- or above in each course that serves as a prerequisite for a more advanced course.

Complete all of the following Marine Science Core courses with a grade of C- or above:

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete one of the following economics courses:

Complete one of the following Upper-Division Service Learning course/course combinations:

Complete one of the following Capstone course combinations:

Complete at least ten (10) units of the following Marine Science Electives not previously taken. At least six (6) units must be from Group A, with the remainder from either Group A or Group B:

Group A

Group B

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Quantitative, Research, and Communication Skills

All marine science graduates use quantitative evidence to evaluate hypotheses. They display and analyze data to interpret and communicate marine patterns and processes in written and oral formats.

MLO 2: Personal, Professional, and Social Responsibility

Marine science graduates work professionally and ethically to promote inclusive environmental decision-making based on diverse stakeholder perspectives.

MLO 3:  Marine Science Depth of Knowledge

Marine science graduates demonstrate marine science content knowledge appropriate for marine science careers or graduate school.

MLO 4: Marine Science Integration and Synthesis

Marine science graduates synthesize, connect, and apply knowledge, skills, and experiences across the interdisciplinary field of marine science (e.g., biology, oceanography, spatial statistics, etc.) allowing them to address new and complex challenges facing the oceans.