Marine science is the study of the marine environment and its interactions with the Earth, biosphere, and atmosphere. It is therefore an interdisciplinary science bringing together a wide range of sciences including biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering. As such, our program provides students with a broad curriculum in the sciences, demonstrating how the different disciplines can be brought to bear on understanding marine processes, climate change and managing ocean resources wisely. The Major prepares students for graduate work in oceanography or one of the basic disciplines, civil service careers in environmental management, employment in the many applied environmental and marine science fields, or teaching in the secondary schools.
First Semester Planning
We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.
Your schedule will look something like this:
Expository Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)
Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)
Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)
Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)
Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit)
Total Credits: 15-16