Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management  (TME)

The MPS in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management provides students with advanced training in the theoretical aspects of tropical marine ecology, as well as the practical aspects needed to begin a career in this field. Please see our departmental web site for more information about this program.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MBE 615 Tropical Marine Ecology 3
RSM 600 Research Diving Techniques ( (Can be taken in Fall or Spring) Or ELECTIVE) 3
RSM 667 Motorboat Operator Certificate Course 1-2
RSM 612 or MES 608 Statistics for Environmental Management
or Biometrics in Marine Science
MES 620, 720,
Environmental Law ( (or ELECTIVE))
or Coastal Law and Policy
or Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis
 Credit Hours13-14
MBE 621 Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology 3
MES 660
MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
MES 610 Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement ( (or ELECTIVE)) 3
MES 646 Marine Population Biology Processes and Modeling ( (or ELECTIVE)) 3
 Credit Hours12
MBE 805 MPS Internship 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours31-32

Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

BIL 623Advanced Biology of Marine Invertebrates4
MES 606Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures3
MBE 716Bayesian Statistics for Marine Scientists3
MBE 704Biological Oceanography3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 602Economics of Natural Resources3
MES 620Environmental Law3
MES 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
MBE 678Evolutionary Genetics3
MES 614Underwater Archaeology Field Techniques3
MES 604Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development3
MES 605Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures3
MES 625Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management3
POL 631Global Environment Politics3
MES 710International Ocean Law and Governance3
MES 626Submerged Cultural Resource Management3
MES 616Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis3
RSM 710The Physical Environment of Marine Organisms3
MES 601Political Ecology of Marine Management3
MES 662Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS3
MBE 614Tropical Marine Biology: A Field Course3