2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Marine Affairs, B.A.

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The resources of the world's oceans and coastal waters play a major role in the lives of human beings. However, marine environments are increasingly affected by anthropogenic factors such as pollution, climate change, and overexploitation of resources. As these threats multiply, the need for qualified professionals who can understand these challenges and work to establish meaningful policies and laws to regulate and protect marine and coastal ecosystems has increased, as has the need to effectively communicate these issues to both the general public and those in decision-making. The Marine Affairs program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in this very challenging and important field. This program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in marine policy, maritime law, coastal and marine resource management, marine law enforcement, and other areas in marine conservation and governance including marine science communication and education. This program also prepares students to undertake graduate work in any of these fields.


Program Outcomes

1. Students can effectively synthesize and apply knowledge about marine & estuarine organisms and marine, estuarine, & coastal systems and their relationships to human systems (e.g. political, legal, economic, health, etc.).   

2. Students can effectively evaluate and create strategies to address the effects of issues and problems in marine, estuarine and coastal systems and organisms on human systems.

3. Students can identify & communicate the necessary key components of effective short-term and long-term strategies for management of marine organisms and systems.

4. Students have the ability to effectively function as part of a team & communicate clearly as a team leader.

5. Students can read current peer-reviewed literature and evaluate it for its content.


Required Courses

All students majoring in marine affairs must complete the 40 credits of University Core Curriculum with the following restrictions:

Tier I:

Tier II:

  • C4T2: MARN 2200  - Oceanography with Lab
  • C5T2: ECON 3370  - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • C5T2: ENVS 4540   - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • C5T2: MARA 3204  - Global Change

Plus the following:

  • three free electives
  • all courses required for completion of a minor (15-18 credits), which must be chosen from the following list:
    • Biology
    • Business Management
    • Communication
    • Criminal Justice
    • Economics
    • English
    • Environmental Science
    • General Psychology
    • Global Studies
    • History
    • International Business
    • Legal Studies
    • Marine Biology (note: students who minor in Marine Biology may not use MARN 3331 MARN 4440 , or MARN 4444  as restricted electives in the Marine Affairs major)
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Photography
    • Political Science
    • Professional and Technical Writing
    • Race and Ethnic Studies
    • Sociology
    • Sustainability

Dual Degree B.A. Marine Affairs/M.A. Marine Policy and Management

The dual degree programs seamlessly integrate undergraduate and graduate courses in Marine Affairs, with an opportunity to attain the Master's Degree in Marine Policy and Management in either one of the available concentrations, Marine Resource Sustainability or Marine Education and Outreach, within 5 years of starting the Bachelor's degree by completing graduate-level courses in their senior year of study. Students who are accepted into this program will master important skills in the interdisciplinary areas relating to marine and coastal resource sustainability, including developing and implementing policy and management plans, strategizing for effective public outreach and communication, and highly refined research skills. The students will acquire a deeper understanding of the complex forces at play in marine-linked human and natural systems to become a vital part of the decision-making process on issues of marine natural resource management, policy, and sustainability.
The Dual Degree: Direct Entry program is available to incoming students. Students who are in the top 20% of their high school class or have 1200 SATs or 3.5 HS GPA will be invited to apply, and students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to continue directly into the graduate portion of the program.  

The Dual Degree: Pathway Program is for currently matriculated students to complete their undergraduate degree and transition into enrollment in the graduate portion of the program.  To qualify, current students must apply for admission to the graduate program in their junior year and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application. A minimum grade of B is required in each of the overlapping graduate courses and students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to continue directly into the graduate portion of the program. 

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