Double Major in Applied Mathematics and Marine Sciences

U N E student researchers on a boat prepare fishing nets At the University of New England's seaside campus in Biddeford, Maine, you have the opportunity to earn two undergraduate degrees in four years: a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Sciences with a Marine Biology or Oceanography track. 

With these two degrees you position yourself for a variety of potential careers in which mathematics is used in marine research or industry to address the ocean challenges of the 21st century. 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.

UNE offers you a large university marine science program at a student-centered university right on the coast. You don't need to travel to reach unique ecosystems when you're a student at UNE. You need only take a few steps from UNE's residence halls and academic buildings and you're at the water's edge! 

Our Marine Science Center is located at the mouth of the Saco River Estuary as it enters the Gulf of Maine, Bigelow Bight, and the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, allowing you unparalleled opportunities to immerse yourself daily in a wide variety of watershed, riverine, estuarine, coastal and ocean issues of vital importance to the future of the world’s oceans and coasts.

You 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.

You culminate the program in your senior year with an applied student research project in your double major.

U N E student researchers measure an Atlantic Cod

Joseph Langan, Class of 2015, double major (at right)

"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, 2013 graduate with double major

"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."

Liese Carlton, Class of 2014, double major

"Quantitative marine scientists are in high demand right now due to the need to revise current management strategies and rethink old dogmas. A marine scientist with a math background will be set apart from other job applicants and can use their knowledge to create innovative solutions to research problems."


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