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Marine Science Capstone Festival

Friday, Dec 20th

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Students in the Department of Marine Science apply a wide range of technologies to studying marine ecosystems. Through applied learning and research, students 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, students apply techniques of experimental design, data acquisition, analysis and presentation that provide them with the skills needed to monitor and analyze marine science problems. Students 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.

Degree Programs

CSUMB offers a single, interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in marine science that prepares students for a wide variety of jobs and graduate school programs. A masters degree in marine science is also available through a collaboration with Moss Landing Marine Labs.

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Marine Science B.S.

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.

Marine Science majors complete GE area B1, B2, B3, B4 by taking Math, CHEM, and BIO courses included in the Marine Science core, and D-General Social Sciences with their Economics course. Students also complete the GWAR, upper-division service learning, and upper-division GE area B within their MSCI core courses. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major, and must fulfill course prerequisites by earning a C- or above in each course that serves as a prerequisite for a more advanced course.

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Marine Science M.S.

Marine Science Capstone Project

Capstone provides students an opportunity to synthesize knowledge, skills, and abilities developed over the course of their learning experience at CSUMB. MSCI capstone helps students connect their marine science and policy knowledge to critical issues of ocean stewardship, conservation, exploitation, and management at local, national, and global scales.

MSCI Capstone Information Summary

Program Guide for Prospective Students

Research Programs

Marine Science Research All extramurally funded research activities in the CSUMB marine science program are conducted through Marine Science Research, formerly the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology (IfAME). Learn about faculty research labs, on-going research projects, vessels and equipment, and many other resources.

Research Diving Program All research diving activities associated with CSUMB courses, student theses, and funded projects are conducted through the Research Diving Program. CSUMB is a member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences.

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MSCI Department Office

Building 49 - 831.582.4665

MSCI Department Chair

Dr. James Lindholm, Office #112,

MSCI Program Assistant

Sarena Hineser-Harwood, Main Desk

Marine Science Community

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Looking for like-minded science students? The CSUMB Marine Science Club is a group of undergraduates interested in a Marine Science degree but open to all science students. Check out their Facebook, Instagram, and ICC!


Marine Science

(831) 582-4665
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