Interdisciplinary in nature, the degree draws upon subject matter in many different fields of scientific endeavor, including geology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, environmental science, physics, engineering, environmental health and social sciences, which can be combined into an individually tailored curriculum. One cannot truly understand the organisms that live in the ocean without fully understanding their unique ocean environment.
Marine science majors take a series of core courses covering the geological, biological, chemical and physical areas of oceanography and then choose upper-level major courses to tailor the degree to their specific interests. Students may choose to specialize in biological, chemical, geological or physical oceanography or coastal resource management/marine affairs and have specific areas of emphasis listed on their transcripts upon graduation.
Beyond the Classroom Opportunities for MSCI majors can be found within and outside of the department. Students are required to complete a defined number of hours conducting research in the field. Our program offers a course MSCI 460 Field and Laboratory Investigations, conducted at the Baruch Marine Field Lab, to complete this requirement. This requirement can also can be completed with outside resources found on our Research or Intership Opportunities page.
The Ocean Environment
The Living Ocean
Biology of Marine Organisms
Chemistry of Seawater
Field and Lab Investigations
Marine Science Seminar
Aquaculture technician or Fisheries manager
Water Quality Analyst
Coastal Zone Management
Marine Policy Management
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Fish and Wildlife
National Parks Service
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Army Corps of Engineers
Scientific Consulting Firms
Farms and Aquaculture Facilities
Theme Parks, Zoos and Aquariums
Marine Science Minor
The department offers a minor to students wanting to expand their options for employment or graduate school or provide you with a more well-rounded education. Students wishing to complete a Minor in Marine Science must complete a total of 18 credit hours of Marine Science courses.