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Marine Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Storrs, CT, United States
The Bachelor’s degree programs in Marine Sciences at UConn are designed to inspire you intellectually and challenge you academically. The core of the curriculum integrates courses in marine biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. 


Students specialize in a subdiscipline of the marine sciences through upper level Marine Sciences electives and through independent study with Marine Sciences faculty. Student’s scientific training is bolstered with courses in policy, law, economics, and resource management of the oceans.

The program is quantitative, practical, and experiential in nature. Starting the first semester, most of the courses in the major include work in many of the region’s various marine habitats. Learning through hands-on experiences, you’ll get your feet wet and your hands dirty. The program is analogous to a rigorous environmental sciences degree, but focused on the environment that covers more than two-thirds of the planet….the oceans.

Students may pursue either a Bachelors of Science (BS) or Bachelors of Arts (BA) major in Marine Sciences. A number of our graduates have gone on to a variety of occupations with either the BS or the BA. Although there are no hard and fast rules about the BS vs BA, Students who elect the BS track typically want careers doing science and/or choose to continue on to graduate school in the sciences. Students in the BA track are typically interested in applying the marine sciences to management, or policy efforts. In practical terms, the BS requires more quantitative classes and the BA requires more social science courses focused on the oceans.

Either degree can be started at the Avery Point or Storrs campuses. Students who elect to begin at Storrs typically transition to Avery Point campus to complete the final two years of their Marine Sciences degree. Avery Point, UConn’s marine and maritime campus, is located on the shores of Long Island Sound. It is an environment immersed in research, outreach, and marine education. It is home to UConn’s fleet of research vessels, state-of-the art laboratories, and oceanographic support facilities in the Department of Marine Sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Oceanography
  • Coastal Systems Science
  • Environmental Reaction and Transport
  • The Hydrosphere and Climate Change
  • Measurement and Analysis in Coastal Ecosystems
  • Coastal Circulation and Sediment Transport

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A Completed Common Application or Coalition Application
  • $80 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Essay & Two Optional Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Secondary School Transcripts
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores
  • English Proficiency Requirement
  • Fine Arts Applicants
  • Special Program Applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35216 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    35216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35216 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12848 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12848 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Storrs

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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