Marine Conservation (MCO)

The goal of the track is to advance conservation efforts, scientific literacy and communication, public outreach and integration, and education within the marine realm. Practical aspects of the program will vary between individuals but may include exposure to field methods and techniques, GIS and remote sensing of shallow water marine environments, shark behavioral ecology and conservation, the development of environmental impact statements, coastal law, the development of social media, scientific communication, and statistics for environmental management.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MES 671 Marine Conservation Biology 3
RSM 600 Research Diving Techniques ( (or ELECTIVE)) 3
RSM 612 or MES 608 Statistics for Environmental Management ( (or ELECTIVE))
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 Hours12
MES 710 or 618 International Ocean Law and Governance
or Coastal Zone Management
MES 673 Marine Conservation Outreach ( (or ELECTIVE)) 3
MES 660
MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory ( (Can be taken in Fall or Spring))
 Credit Hours12
MES 805 MPS Internship 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30

Additional Elective Options

MES 606Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures3
RSM 620Climate and Society3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 602Economics of Natural Resources3
MES 604Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development3
MES 625Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management3
MES 626Submerged Cultural Resource Management3
MBE 642Oceans and Human Health3
RSM 600Research Diving Techniques3
MES 662Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS3
RSM 612Statistics for Environmental Management3
MBE 615Tropical Marine Ecology3