Exploration Science  (ESC)

Exploration Science is the applied practice and study of field research using a variety of methods, technologies, and approaches to drive question-based scientific endeavors. 

This track is being offered at RSMAS in partnership with UM's Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. The Abess Center fosters innovative, interdisciplinary initiatives that bridge the gap between science and environmental policy.

For More Information Please Visit: http://exploration.miami.edu

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
RSM 600 Research Diving Techniques ( (or ELECTIVE)) 3
RSM 667 Motorboat Operator Certificate Course 1-2
MES 664 Citizen and Participatory Science 3
MES 674 From Gold to Glory: History and Ethics of Exploration 3
MES 660
MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
 Credit Hours13-14
MES 665 Exploration Technology and Media 3
MBE 621 Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology ( (or ELECTIVE)) 3
MES 627 Exploration Science Field Studies (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 662 Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS (or ELECTIVE) 3
 Credit Hours12
MES 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.

MES 606Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures3
MES 612Aquaculture I3
MBE 604Biology of Marine Mammals3
RSM 620Climate and Society3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 618Coastal Zone Management3
MES 620Environmental Law3
MES 604Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development3
MES 625Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management3
MES 671Marine Conservation Biology3
MBE 642Oceans and Human Health3
MES 601Political Ecology of Marine Management3
RSM 612Statistics for Environmental Management3
MBE 615Tropical Marine Ecology3