Marine Sciences

Dive into a Uniquely Immersive Learning Experience

A career in the marine sciences starts with an education that puts you in the water.

The UNE Department of Marine Sciences is perfectly situated on our Biddeford Campus, where the Saco River enters the Gulf of Maine, offering students constant hands-on interaction in a variety of marine environments and state-of-the-art research facilities. All of our programs stress the importance of internships, field research and experiential learning, so our students don’t just learn marine science — they do marine science. 

“My hope is that these UNE students will share my mission to increase the social contract for people who work on the water, so that coastal residents understand the extraordinary importance of seafoods to the future survival of this planet, and to their health.” 
— Barry Costa-Pierce

Read an interview with Barry Costa-Pierce, Henry L. & Grace Doherty Chair of Marine Sciences, director of the Arthur P. Girard Marine Science Center, chair of the Department of Marine Sciences.

Prepare for a Variety of Potential Career Paths

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In this “ocean century,” the U.S. Department of Labor expects employment in environmental and marine fields to rise nearly 30 percent from 2008 to 2018. Increasing waterfront use and development is spurring a concurrent demand for responsible stewardship and forward-thinking marine entrepreneurs.

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You'll Choose from Multiple Degree Tracks

MS Degrees

We offer undergraduate programs focused on Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs, Marine Entrepreneurship, and Aquaculture and Aquarium Sciences, along with a Marine Sciences/Mathematics double major, an M.S. in Marine Sciences focused on the production of original research, and a 5-year combined B.S./M.S. track.

You’ll Have Access to State-of-the-Art Facilities

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With 4,000 feet of waterfront on our Biddeford campus, you’ll never be far from the water. In our Arthur P. Girard Marine Science Center, you’ll work with state-of-the-art saltwater labs and equipment, and when it’s time for fieldwork, you’ll have access to Center’s Dock, a small fleet of research vessels and our own private island.

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Learn How to Apply Your Marine Science Smarts 

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By the time you graduate, you’ll know how to apply your knowledge. Our Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences is an on-campus hub where research, academics, business and policy all converge. Learn how to make positive environmental and social impacts, how to conduct original research, how marine science intersects with commerce and government, and more.

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