Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences

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Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences represents the wide variety of ecosystems that are linked through water. Study in this field encompasses freshwater lakes and streams, estuaries and coastal marine habitats that are critical for numerous plants and animals, but can be compromised by human activities. Students who pursue this major are interested in understanding the relationships among plants, animals and humans while learning how to protect and restore these necessary ecosystems.

The interdisciplinary Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences programs emphasize the four core sciences: Biology, Geology, Chemistry and Physics.

This program started as a combined 5 year BS/MS degree [Undergraduate Track] [Graduate Track], and later separate Bachelor's and Master's tracks were added. Along with the mission of the College, students will be engaged in both classwork and research. The Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences program integrates marine biology, freshwater ecology, and environmental sciences.

The program objectives are three-fold:

  1. Provide a well-defined, comprehensive knowledge of the disciplines associated with the coastal sciences and marine biology.
  2. Provide appropriate training for professional employment and knowledge to be prepared for a doctoral program.
  3. Provide students with research experience that will include project development and implementation, data gathering, analysis and interpretation, and publication of results.

Students completing this program will be well prepared to enter the work force in Research, Environmental Consulting, Education, Regulatory Agencies (e.g. EPA) and Non-Profit Organizations. Montclair State faculty members have a broad range of expertise and engage students on educational and research related trips all across the world.