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Marine Science, BS

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The discipline of marine science is broad, deep, and rewarding. As a marine scientist, you’ll explore rivers, estuaries, and oceans, and you will analyze their interactions with the surrounding environment. You’ll sample marine life and measure the tides, waves, and currents. You may spend your days working on the water, in the lab, behind a computer, or a combination of all three. Through this diverse field of study, marine scientists strive to understand fundamental questions about our oceans and their interactions with the land. Marine scientists also apply this understanding to predict earth system changes, inform policy, and cultivate an ethos of environmental stewardship.

The SMCM marine science program takes full advantage of our unique waterfront location through intensive, experiential study of the St. Mary’s River and the Chesapeake Bay, which is just a short boat ride from campus. The college is also within a short drive of Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary and two National Estuarine Research Reserve sites. Numerous federal agencies, such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, are headquartered just down the road in Washington, D.C. Other research opportunities are available in laboratories at St. Mary’s College and through the internship programs at government and privately funded research laboratories in Maryland and elsewhere. A cooperative agreement between the College and the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science provides opportunities for St. Mary’s College students to take graduate courses and conduct research with faculty members at the nearby Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental concepts in marine science, including principles of geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes in the marine environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of common laboratory, field, and modeling methods used in marine science.
  • Demonstrate the ability to, formulate a falsifiable hypothesis, design an experiment or observational study to test your hypothesis, analyze your results in a statistically rigorous way, draw logical conclusions based on your analysis.
  • Communicate effectively the concepts, methods, results, and conclusions of marine science research, in oral and written form, to specialists and the general public.
  • Apply knowledge and skills learned to solve problems in marine geology, physics, chemistry, or biology.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how human activities impact the marine environment, and how the marine environment impacts human activities.

Degree Requirements

Physical Science Courses (12 credit hours)

Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CHEM 106 - General Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4
  • CHEM 106L
  •  

    College Physics  PHYS 121 - College Physics I Credit Hours: 4
    College Physics  PHYS 122 - College Physics II Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    General Physics  PHYS 141 - General Physics I Credit Hours: 4
    General Physics  PHYS 142 - General Physics II Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    Fundamental of Physics  PHYS 151 - Fundamentals of Physics I Credit Hours: 4
    Fundamental of Physics  PHYS 152 - Fundamentals of Physics II Credit Hours: 4

    Biology Core Courses (10 credit hours)

    Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    BIOL 105 - Principles of Biology I Credit Hours: 4
    BIOL 105L - Principles of Biology Lab I Credit Hours: 1
    BIOL 106 - Principles of Biology II Credit Hours: 4
    BIOL 106L - Principles of Biology II Lab Credit Hours: 1

    Math Core Courses (4 credits)

    NOTE: Calculus I and II (MATH 151, MATH 152) are recommended for all students and are required by most graduate and professional schools.

    Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    MATH 221 - Introduction to Statistics Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    BIOL 311 - Biostatistics Credit Hours: 4

    Marine Science Core Courses (12 credits)

    Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    MRNE 110 - Introduction to Marine Science Credit Hours: 4
    MRNE 220 - Physical Oceanography Credit Hours: 4
    BIOL 383 - Biological Oceanography Credit Hours: 4

    Professional Discovery (4 credits)

    Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    MRNE 398 - Off-Campus Internship Credit Hours: 4
    MRNE 397 - Directed Research in Marine Science Credit Hours: 1-4
    MRNE 399 - Marine Science Independent Study Credit Hours: 1-4
    MRNE 493 - Marine Science SMP 1 Credit Hours: 1-8

    Marine Science Elective Courses (16 credits)

    Students must select 16 credits of marine science-related elective courses of which a minimum of 12 credits must be upper level (300 or 400).

    Marine Science Elective Courses

    Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    PHEC 232 - Advanced Open-Water Scuba Credit Hours: 2
    BIOL 384 - Ichthyology Credit Hours: 4
    BIOL 303 - Invertebrate Zoology Credit Hours: 4
    BIOL 463 - Ecology of Coastal Systems Credit Hours: 4

     

    ENST 392 - Field Research Methods Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    MRNE 392 - Field Research Methods Credit Hours: 4

     

    ENST 393 - Coastal Ecosystem Management Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    MRNE 393 - Coastal Ecosystem Management Credit Hours: 4

     

    MRNE 181 - Lower-Level Marine Science Transfer Course Credit Hours: 1-4

     

    MRNE 222 - Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    ENST 222 - Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization Credit Hours: 4

     

  • MRNE 320 - Quantitative methods
  • OR

    ENST 320 - Quantitative Methods Credit Hours: 4

     

    MRNE 307 - Student Assistantship Credit Hours: 1

     

    MRNE 339 - Ecology of Marine Plants Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    BIOL 339 - Ecology of Marine Plants Credit Hours: 4

     

    MRNE 342 - Plankton Ecology Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    BIOL 342 - Plankton Ecology Credit Hours: 4

     

    MRNE 344 - Marine Microbiology Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    BIOL 344 - Marine Microbiology Credit Hours: 4

     

    MRNE 365 - Marine Environmental Toxicology Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    ENST 365 - Marine Environmental Toxicology Credit Hours: 4

     

    MRNE 480 - Topics in Marine Science Credit Hours: 4
    MRNE 481 - Upper-Level Marine Science Topics with Laboratory Credit Hours: 4
    MRNE 482 - Upper-Level Marine Science Transfer Course Credit Hours: 1-4
    ANTH 351 - Underwater Archaeology Credit Hours: 4
    CHEM 301 - Marine Chemistry Credit Hours: 2
    CHEM 302 - Geochemistry Credit Hours: 2

    Marine Science Capstone Experience (4 credits)

    Students complete one of the following Capstone Experiences:

    Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    MRNE 490 - Marine Science Capstone Credit Hours: 4
    MRNE 494 - Marine Science SMP 2 Credit Hours: 1-8

    Completion of an 8 Credit Smp Sequence in Any of the Following Departments:

    • Biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Environmental Studies
    • Math
    • Physics

    Minimum Grade and GPA Requirements

    Students must earn a grade of C or better in BIOL 105, BIOL 105L, BIOL 106 and BIOL 106L. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all other courses used to complete the major. Students must have a 2.0 or greater overall GPA in the major. Excluding graduate level transfer courses from UMCES, at least half of the credits required for the major must be taken at the College.

    Sequence of Study

    The following sequence of courses is a typical model for the fulfillment of the requirements for the major:

    First Year:

    Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
  • CORE 101
  • BIOL 105 - Principles of Biology I Credit Hours: 4
    BIOL 105L - Principles of Biology Lab I Credit Hours: 1
    BIOL 106 - Principles of Biology II Credit Hours: 4
    BIOL 106L - Principles of Biology II Lab Credit Hours: 1
    CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4
    CHEM 106 - General Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4
    MATH 151 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4
    MATH 152 - Calculus II Credit Hours: 4
    MRNE 110 - Introduction to Marine Science Credit Hours: 4

    Sophomore Year:

    Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    PHYS 141 - General Physics I Credit Hours: 4
    PHYS 142 - General Physics II Credit Hours: 4
  • Marine Science Electives
  •  

    BIOL 311 - Biostatistics Credit Hours: 4

    OR

    MATH 221 - Introduction to Statistics Credit Hours: 4

     

  • BIOL 383
  • Core Curriculum requirements
  • Junior Year:

    Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    MRNE 220 - Physical Oceanography Credit Hours: 4
  • Marine Science Electives
  • Core Curriculum requirements
  • MRNE Internship or Directed Research
  • Senior Year:

    Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    MRNE 490 - Marine Science Capstone Credit Hours: 4
  • Core Curriculum requirements
  • Marine Science Electives Marine Science Capstone Experiences
  • Requirements for Teacher Certification

    A Master of Arts in Teaching program is available at St. Mary’s College of Maryland after completion of the baccalaureate degree. Students who are interested in becoming teachers should contact the chair of the Department of Educational Studies or an education adviser in their major field of study for suggested coursework in educational studies and their specific major. These consultations should take place during the first semester of the sophomore year.

    Notes: