Marine Sciences

Students measure a large white fish on a dock outside U N E's Marine Science CenterOur B.S. in Marine Sciences examines all facets of the marine environment. Our seaside campus serves as an ideal starting point for research into a variety of marine, estuarine and freshwater habitats, and our Global Education Program offers study trips to marine habitats around the world.

Your field experiences are grounded in a curriculum that provides a sound base of knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics and geology, allowing you the flexibility to focus on an area of personal interest. You might focus on waves, beach processes, marine policy, marine mammals, sharks, geochemistry, or some other aspect of the oceans.

The facilities on our Biddeford Campus are among the strongest in the world for the study of Marine Sciences. Our Marine Science Center includes two flow-through seawater teaching labs and a third lab dedicated to aquaculture and marine biology research. 

As a Marine Sciences major, you may choose one of two tracks.

The Marine Biology Track

You study marine organisms and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

The Oceanography Track

You study the physical, chemical and geological basis of all biological life in the ocean.

Marine Sciences 4+1 B.S./M.S. Track

Our Marine Sciences 4+1 B.S./M.S. track lets you complete your undergraduate degree and master's in a total of five years. Learn more.

We also offer a minor in Marine Sciences within either the Marine Biology or Oceanography tracks.

To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Honors Program

Most majors in the College of Arts and Sciences offer high-performing students the opportunity to graduate with Honors by engaging in challenging educational experiences. You should consult with your major advisor or department chair for specific criteria and requirements. 

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