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  Jul 13, 2024
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Marine Science

Robert C. Thunell, Ph.D., Director

Faculty Programs and Courses
Overview Website


The Marine Science Program offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Programs leading to both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees provide training in a variety of areas within the scope of the marine sciences, including, but not limited to, research in four principal areas:

  • marine biology/biological oceanography
  • marine chemistry/chemical oceanography
  • marine geology/geological oceanography
  • physical oceanography/atmospheric dynamics.

Other specializations can be developed with the help of the student’s advisor, advisory committee, and the Marine Science Graduate Studies Committee. Both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are sufficiently flexible to accommodate individual programs encompassing more than one area, and such projects are strongly encouraged.


To qualify for admission to graduate work in this program, the applicant must have received a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university and meet admission requirements set by The Graduate School. Applicants should have acquired competence in one of the fields of basic science. However, more important than any fixed entrance requirements, the candidate’s academic record and other credentials must indicate the potential to progress satisfactorily in graduate studies. Deficiencies in prerequisite subjects must be made up before a student may proceed with graduate work. Because this is an interdisciplinary program, graduate students are expected to take courses in other departments. A number of appropriate courses exist that enable students to develop competence in a particular area of emphasis in marine science.

Marine Science