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Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences

Join us and get wet as we explore the other 70% of the planet!

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:

  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.

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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!

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Department Contact

Contact The Department of Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences

Location:
Science Hall Room 107
Phone:
973-655-4112

Faculty

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Research

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.
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