Marine Science/Physics

The Marine Science/Physics degree is a Bachelor of Science degree (BSMAS) that is designed to give students a strong background in the study of the spatial and temporal variability in the ocean. Measurements from current meters, profilers and satellites are used to develop models of ocean circulation, water and heat transport, and effects of circulation patterns on the biology and chemistry of the ocean.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to work with the faculty and are able to earn course credit by conducting independent research under the supervision of leading scientists in their field. Research at UM focuses on ocean/atmosphere interactions, remote sensing, biophysical interactions, and the ocean’s effect on weather and climate.

The Bachelor of Science double major in Marine Science/Physics prepares students for admission to graduate programs and for careers in teaching and research as well as for technical careers in government and private industries concerned with the oceans.

Curriculum Requirements

Marine Science
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MSC 215Chemical Oceanography3
MSC 216Chemical Oceanography Laboratory1
MBE 230Introduction to Marine Biology3
MSC 301Introduction to Physical Oceanography3
MSC 302Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab1
or MBE 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory
Select 12 credit hours of approved RSMAS electives within MBE, MSC, OCE or RSM courses 112
Other Required Courses
BIL 150
BIL 151
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry 24
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
Select one of the following:3-4
The Earth System
Earth System History
Origin and Geology of the Galapagos Islands.
MTH 161Calculus I 34
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II 34
or MTH 172 Calculus II
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 211Calculus III3
or MTH 310 Multivariable Calculus
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
MSC 204Environmental Statistics3
or MTH 224 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Select one of following:3-4
Foundations of Computational Marine Science
Object-Oriented Programming and Agent-Based Modelling
Computer Programming I
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
PHY 321Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
PHY 340Classical Mechanics I3
PHY 350Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism3
PHY 351Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II3
PHY 360Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHY 362Modern Physics Honors Seminar1
PHY 540Classical Mechanics II3
PHY 560Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics I3
General Education Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
Total Credit Hours120-122

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours16
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore Year
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
PHY 222 University Physics II 3
PHY 224 University Physics II Lab 1
MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
MTH 211 Calculus III 3
 Credit Hours15
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
MSC 302 Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab 1 1
PHY 223 University Physics III 3
PHY 225 University Physics III Lab 1
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Arts and Humanities or People and Society Cognate Course 3
Arts and Humanities or People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
MSC 203 Foundations of Computational Marine Science 4
MBE 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
PHY 350 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHY 360 Introduction to Modern Physics 3
Arts and Humanities or People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours16
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
MSC 216 Chemical Oceanography Laboratory 1
PHY 321 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory 3
PHY 340 Classical Mechanics I 3
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
Arts and Humanities or People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
MSC Course 3
MSC Course 3
PHY 362 Modern Physics Honors Seminar 1
PHY 540 Classical Mechanics II 3
PHY 560 Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics I 3
Arts and Humanities or People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours16
MSC Course 3
MSC Course 3
PHY 351 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II 3
Arts and Humanities or People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours122


The mission of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is to deepen our collective knowledge of our planet through cutting-edge scientific research on the oceans, atmosphere, geology, biota, and the human dimension, while training the next generation of scientists. We transfer the knowledge gained to our students, the national and international scientific community, and to policymakers and the public.

The educational mission of the BS degree in Marine Science at the University of Miami is to graduate students with the ability and desire to integrate knowledge of marine science into their future careers. 


Students completing this double major will be able to master a broad set of fundamental scientific knowledge in Marine Science and Physics, acquire valuable technical skills and learn how to apply this knowledge to real-world problems, in a time of increasing stress on Earth’s resources and environment. The program will provide the rigor, flexibility, depth and integration to enable students to:

  • Design and pursue their course of study that meets requirements of a double major in Marine Science and Physics.
  • Learn from the diverse and outstanding group of professors and researchers who are experts in their fields and have active research programs.
  • Undertake active research experiences, which will allow them to gain a strong understanding of the scientific process and provide them with a set of valuable experimental and computational skills.
  • Prepare themselves for graduate school and for successful careers in public and private industries.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Students will develop analytical and quantitative skills to allow critical data analysis.
  • Students will be able to do carry out supervised research in the field of marine science.