Curriculum Requirements

Marine Affairs
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MSC 217Physical and Chemical Processes in Coastal Ecosystems3
MSC 230Introduction to Marine Biology3
MSC 313Coastal Law3
or MSC 314 Ocean Law
MSC 310Living Resources of the Ocean3
or MSC 340 Ocean Policy
MSC 345Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment3
MSC 460Spatial Applications in Marine Science3
Select 9 credit hours of approved electives in Marine Affairs 19
Other Required Courses
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity4
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II3
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
or ENG 106 English Composition II
ECO 211Economic Principles and Problems3
Select one of the following:3-4
The Earth System
Earth System History
Origin and Geology of the Galapagos Islands.
Select one of the following:3-4
Precalculus Mathematics II
Finite Mathematics
Introductory Calculus
Calculus Concepts with Foundations A
Calculus I
Calculus I
Select on of the following3-4
Environmental Statistics
Computer Programming I
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics
Courses in approved minor15
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
Total Credit Hours120-123

At least 6 of which must be at the 300-level or higher. MSC 204 does not satisfy the MSC elective requirement but does satisfy the Statistics requirement.


500-level courses offered through the graduate Marine Ecosystems and Society programs at the Rosenstiel School may be taken by Junior or Senior students with permission.

Sample Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students 3
HUM Course #1 3
 Credit Hours16
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
GSC 110 The Earth System 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
BIL 150 General Biology 4
MSC 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
Minor Course #1 3
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours16
ECO 211 Economic Principles and Problems 3
MSC 217 Physical and Chemical Processes in Coastal Ecosystems 3
Elective #2 3
HUM Course #2 3
Minor Course #2 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
MSC 313 Coastal Law 3
Elective #3 3
Elective #4 3
HUM Course #3 3
MSC Course 3
 Credit Hours15
MSC 345 Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment 3
MSC Course 3
Elective #5 3
Elective #6 3
Minor Course #3 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
MSC 340 Ocean Policy 3
MSC Course 3
Elective #7 3
Elective #8 3
Minor Course #4 3
 Credit Hours15
MSC 460 Spatial Applications in Marine Science 3
Elective #9 3
Elective #10 3
Elective #11 3
Minor Course #5 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours123

 11 elective courses must include:

  • 1 Course (3 credits) at the 300+ level