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College of Earth, Ocean and Environment

School of Marine Science and Policy

 

Dive in and discover our world!

If you want to understand life on Earth, you have to understand the ocean. Not only are most living creatures actually in the ocean that covers two-thirds of the planent, but many of Earth’s major processes are also connected to its physical properties. Studying marine science at UD, you will learn marine biology, oceanography, geology, and other related sciences, as well as policy and environmental management. You will gain the broad education and skills to seek solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges—climate change, ocean acidification, sustainable fisheries, habitat conservation, ocean pollution and more! You will complete the program with a concentration in either marine biology or oceanography to build expertise as you prepare for your career or further study.

Areas of study

  • Marine Biology and Science
  • Ecology
  • Geology
  • Environmental Science
  • Oceanography
  • Chemistry

 

Career Options

  • Aquarist
  • Coastal Scientist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Marine Resource Manager
  • Policy Specialist
  • Watershed Planner

 

Graduate Programs

  • Climate Science
  • Fisheries
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Science
  • Marine Policy
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography

What’s special about this program?

Delaware is a coastal state with an economy and ecology closely tied to the river, bay and ocean. Studying here you will benefit from resources on the main campus in Newark and have full access to our campus on the coast in Lewes through opportunities for field trips, semester-long programs, summer research, and cruises aboard our research ships. You can benefit from the renowned experts in a top-ranked graduate program in marine science and policy. With small class sizes, you can personalize your education and gain hands-on research experience.

Get involved

All students who come to UD in one of the majors in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment start in CEOE’s Living Learning Community, a dormitory where you will live with your peers and enjoy special academic and social programming, fostering a successful college experience from the day you move in. There are also many opportunities on campus for students interested in the environment, such as serving as an EnvironMentor, going on extracurricular environmental field trips, and joining registered student organizations like Students for the Environment.

Sample curriculum

BISC207

 

Introductory Biology I
BISC208

Introductory Biology I

 

CHEM103

General Chemistry I

 

CHEM104

 

General Chemistry II

ENGL110

 

Seminar in Composition

MAST100

 

Marine Science Colloquia

 

MAST101

 

Marine Science Colloquia II
MATH241

Analytic Geometry and Calculus A

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

CHEM321/325

Organic Chemistry I / Lab

 

CHEM322/325

Organic Chemistry II / Lab

 

MAST201

Marine Science Colloquia III

 

MAST314

Comparative Terrestrial and Marine Ecology

 

MAST382

Introduction to Ocean Sciences

 

MATH242

Analytic Geometry and Calculus B

 

PHSY201

Introduction to Physics

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

ENGL410

Technical Writing

 

MAST301

Marine Science Colloquia IV

 

MAST402

Physical Oceanography

 

MAST421

Coastal Field Biology

 

MAST427

Marine Biology

 

MAST409

The Ocean and Climate Variation

 

MAST492

Marine Environmental Case Studies

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

  Elective Courses
MAST407

Research Experience in Biodiversity

 

MAST442

Ecology and Evolution of Coral Reefs

 

MAST451

Marine Invertebrate Biodiversity

 

MAST497

Bioinformatics Programming for Biologists

 

MAST630

Icthyology

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

  Elective Courses

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