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. These habitats are critical for numerous plants and animals, but they 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 valuable ecosystems.

This major is an interdisciplinary program of study emphasizing the four core sciences: Biology, Geology, Chemistry, and Physics. This is a combined BS/MS program where students will be engaged in both class work and research.

Montclair State is a dynamic learning University. The Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences program integrates marine biology, freshwater ecology, and environmental sciences.

A combined BS/MS degree is offered in which students actively engage in research and field experiences on route to receiving their Bachelors and Masters degrees over a five year span. This program culminates in the development and completion of the Master’s Thesis. Students completing this program will be well prepared to enter the work force in Research, Environmental Consulting, Education, and Regulatory Agencies (e.g., EPA), as well as in 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.