Marine Sciences and Applied Mathematics

The Marine Sciences and Applied Mathematics (MARMAT) double major program gives you the opportunity to earn two undergraduate degrees in four years: a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Sciences and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics. The field emphasizes computer-based mathematical modeling and statistical analysis to address such problems as managing fish populations and ensuring a sustainable future for these species.

In this unique double major program, you'll spend the first two years completing fundamental mathematics and marine science coursework, leading to a culminating applied student research project in your senior year. UNE offers a large university marine science program at a student-centered university right on the coast. You'll also benefit from the Department of Mathematical Sciences’ integrated curricular approach that combines the latest technology with theoretical and applied mathematics to teach you the real-world applications of mathematics.


Visit the Undergraduate Catalog to learn more about the curriculum, prerequisite requirements, and standards for the Marine Sciences and Applied Mathematics double major.

Career Paths

The Marine Sciences and Applied Mathematics double major will position you for a variety of careers in which mathematics is used in marine research or industry to address the ocean challenges of the 21st century. You'll be especially qualified for careers in fields like marine resource evaluation and sustainability, species population dynamics and data systems management. Our past graduates have gone on to pursue careers as marine scentists, researchers, oceangraphers and more.

Student Stories

U N E student researchers measure an Atlantic Cod

Joseph Langan, Class of 2015

"I am pursuing an honors thesis investigating the impacts of recreational fishing in the Gulf of Maine on Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). My research involves using data I helped to collect for a graduate student’s thesis during the summer of 2013 to model Gulf of Maine cod populations and assess the potential impacts of recreational fishing. This work would be impossible without a strong background in mathematics."

U N E Marine Sciences student with an Atlantic Cod

Cassidy Peterson, Class of 2013

"Because of my background in marine biology and math, a potential adviser at University of Florida offered me a Ph.D. candidate position following the completion of my M.S. while I was still an undergrad, proving how in-demand mathematically-minded marine biologists really are. Regardless of the job market, there will always be a place for researchers who bridge the disciplines of math and biology."