Underwater Archaeology (UA)

The MPS Underwater Archaeology track (UARCH) is a two-year program that focuses on the theory, field techniques, and management practices necessary to work within the field of archaeology and the broader general field of marine sciences. Coursework integrates topics such as site mapping and documentation, interpretation of shipwrecks and submerged sites, best management practices, marine protected areas, and marine survey technology. UARCH students receive training as AAUS Science Divers during their first semester. Students will have opportunities to work side-by-side with professional archaeologists through internships and field projects with private, public, or non-governmental agencies, both nationally and internationally, and conduct relevant fieldwork.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MES 632 Theory and Method in Underwater and Maritime Archaeology 3
MES 626 Submerged Cultural Resource Management 3
RSM 600 Research Diving Techniques 3
RSM 677 Special Topics (Motorboat Operator Certification Course - MOCC) 1-2
 Credit Hours10-11
MES 614 Underwater Archaeology Field Techniques 3
MES 615 Marine Archaeological Survey and Technology 3
MES 660
MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
MES 672 The Archaeology of Seafaring 3
 Credit Hours12
MES 805 MPS Internship 6
MES 691 Maritime Archaeology Field Study 3
MES 692 Archaeological Study of Submerged Pre-Contact Sites (OPTIONAL) 3
MES 693 Maritime Archaeology and the Conquest of Mexico 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours37-38

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
MBE 716Bayesian Statistics for Marine Scientists3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
MES 710International Ocean Law and Governance3
MES 665Exploration Technology and Media3
MES 618Coastal Zone Management3
MES 616Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis3
MES 674From Gold to Glory: History and Ethics of Exploration3
MES 664Citizen and Participatory Science3
OCE 642Physics of Remote Sensing I - Passive Systems3
OCE 643Physics of Remote Sensing II - Active Systems3
RSM 646Presentation Bootcamp1