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Marine Sciences

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About the Major

Oceans are an important facet of our global environment: they cover more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface; they provide us with food, transport, and resources; and they play a significant role in controlling climate. However, the world's oceans remain largely unexplored below the surface, making them one of the last great frontiers for scientific discovery. Marine environments are inherently dynamic and are governed by a broad suite of interactive physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes.

Students considering graduate study, pre-professional students, students seeking careers in education, and those with interdisciplinary interests in ecology, physiology and biochemistry, systematics, molecular biology, or marine geology will be interested in this major. Students in this Interdisciplinary Studies major may be affiliated with the Biology Department or Geological Sciences Department.

Possible Careers for this Major

Prehealth & Prelaw
Any CLAS major may prepare you for admission to professional schools such as medical school, vet school, law school, etc.

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  • Aquarium Scientist
  • Coastal Planning
  • Ecotourism Manager
  • Marine Biogeochemistry
  • Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Marine Conservationist
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • Marine Resources and Law
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Physical Oceanography and Climate Dynamics
  • Science Museum Educator
  • Science Writer
Cool Courses You Might Take
Some Unique Opportunities in this Major
Advising and Information

Students should contact one of the advisors in the program to discuss course scheduling. This is very important, because some courses are not offered every year.

Contact information for the advisors:
Christine Davis (Biology)
Matt Smith (Geological Sciences)

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