Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs

As human activities continue to reshape our shorelines and alter our coastal systems, the need increases for men and women with expert knowledge in the conservation, management, regulation and governance of the planet’s oceans and their resources. Our Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs program prepares you to be a leader in this growing field. 

You'll study the institutions that oversee coastal and marine systems and understand how humans impact the oceans, considering coastal and marine science, resource policy and use, ecosystems ecology, conservation approaches, and methods of sustainable development. 

We also offer a minor in Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs.

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Visit the Undergraduate Catalog to learn more about the curriculum, prerequisite requirements, and standards for the B.A. in Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs.


Career Paths

With a degree in Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs, you'll be positioned for careers in a range of settings, from government labs and regulatory agencies to private labs, companies, schools, museums and aquariums. You might work with a government agency regulating coastal and marine systems; a private company endeavoring to comply with coastal and marine regulations; a company engaged in environmental monitoring; or as a teacher, policy expert, congressional staffer, consultant, or marine business owner. UNE graduates majoring in Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs have gone on to pursue positions such as environmental educators and naturalists, conservation advocates, policy researchers, and outreach assistants.