Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs


Bachelor of Arts with a major in Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)


Dr. Barry Costa-Pierce

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The mission of the Department of Marine Sciences at University of New England is to enable students to understand the real-world relevance of the marine sciences, foster scientific literacy and critical thinking skills, and lay the foundation for lifelong learning and meaningful, productive contributions to society.

The Marine Sciences encompass a wide variety of disciplines that seek to understand the way the ocean functions, and how it is related to earth systems science, as well as to human interactions with the environment. Students will learn the theoretical underpinnings and applications of disciplines from biology, to chemistry, geology and physics. These disciplines are critical to life as we know it on the planet, and beyond. Students will be able to apply these disciplines to solving real problems, not only in ocean sciences, but in fields as far ranging as meteorology and space exploration

Major Description

The Marine Sciences program offers a baccalaureate education to students interested in all facets of the marine environment. The classroom curriculum provides a strong background in the marine sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and geology of the oceans and their surroundings. The program focuses on hands-on activities, internships and research experiences in addition to classroom work.

The Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs major is aimed at providing future student leaders a solid grounding in the vital fields of coastal and marine science, as well as resource use, marine governance systems, management, policy, ecosystems ecology, conservation, and sustainable development. This major is suitable for students who are concerned about the marine environment, and are interested in careers in ecosystem and human health interactions, ocean management and political decision making, and marine sustainability science and policies.

Curricular Requirements



CAS Core Requirements*


*MAT 180 required in core Credits
Major Requirements 36
MAR 105/105L - Biology I: Ecology/Evolution of Marine Organisms 4
MAR 106/106L - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular of Marine Organisms 4
MAR 150/150L - Elementary Oceanography 4
MAR 250/250L - Marine Biology 4
MAR 316 - Science in Politics/Society 3
MAR 325 - Marine Science Speaker Series 1
MAR 350/350L - Marine Ecology 4
MAR 358 - Marine Pollution 3
MAR 365 - Ocean Ecosystem-Based Management 3
Organismal Course 4
MAR 400-level Course 3
BUEC 390 - Environmental Economics 3
Program Required Cognate Courses 11
CHE 110/110L - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111/111L - General Chemistry II 4
MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences 3
Electives 31
Total 120

Graduation Requirements

graduation in any of the programs in the Department of Marine Sciences. A 2.00 cumulative average in sciences is a requirement for graduation in any of the programs in the Department of Marine Sciences.

Program Completion Timeline:
Students have a maximum of seven years to complete the graduation requirements

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate a strong foundation in the Marine Policy, Planning and Management Sciences, incorporating science knowledge (biology, chemistry, physics, and geology) of the oceans.
  2. Students will be able to integrate knowledge and develop research skills in current marine affairs
  3. Students will be able to research the scientific literature in ocean studies and compose professionally written interdisciplinary reports.  
  4. Students communicate effectively (oral, written, visual) and will be able to convey their interdisciplinary ocean knowledge and results.


Minor requirements 18 
MAR/BIO 105/105L - Biology I: Ecology/Evolution 4
MAR 106/106L - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular of Marine Organisms 4
       or BIO 105/105L & BIO 106/106L or BIO 104 & elective BIO  
MAR 250/250L - Marine Biology 4
Two from the list below: 6 - 7
BUEC 390 - Environmental Economics 3
MAR 318 - Introduction to Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy 3
MAR 354 - Ecological Aquaculture 3
MAR 316 - Science and Society 3
MAR 356 - Marine Pollution 4

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member.

Transfer Credit

Courses previously completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program. Transferred courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the marine sciences courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents. Otherwise, they will transfer as general electives. All Science/Math courses previously completed must be no older than five years. Other options and restrictions apply. See Undergraduate Admissions also.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2015-2016 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 30, 2015.  *Addendum published January 29, 2016.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.