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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.
The program objectives are three-fold:
- Provide a well-defined, comprehensive knowledge of the disciplines associated with the coastal sciences and marine biology.
- Provide appropriate training for professional employment and knowledge to be prepared for a doctoral program.
- 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.
Programs of Study
The marine biology department offers opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. For those looking for a fast track, there are even combined programs that give you the opportunity to earn both degrees in five years!
Students in the program engage in both undergraduate and graduate research. Research opportunities abound in marine biology, aquatic ecology, geosciences, and environmental sciences for students in the program. Many student research projects are presented at regional and national meetings and many have been published in research journals.
News, Media & Resources
- Marine Heatwaves Damage Ocean ForestsA new study reveals that intensifying marine heatwaves are driving the loss of kelp forests at their warm range edges on both sides of the North Atlantic.Monday August 10, 2020
- Cling and Sting: Tiny jellyfish a big hazard in South County ponds, riverProfessor Paul Bologna, accompanied by two students, took a trip up to Rhode Island to collect samples and data of the invasive jellyfish now in the area.Thursday July 18, 2019
- Officials Issue Warning For Clinging Jellyfish In New JerseyCBS features Dr. Paul Bologna, Director of the Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences Program, as the clinging jellyfish issue continues in NJ waters.Monday June 18, 2018
- NJTV video featuring Biology professor passes 1 million viewsDr. Paul Bologna discusses the Portuguese Man-of-War in New Jersey in this news piece from 2015.Tuesday June 5, 2018
- American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
- Ecological Society of America
- Estuarine Research Foundation
- Society of Wetland Scientists