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Marine Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The BA in Marine Science, offered through the Boston University Marine Program (BUMP), provides a rigorous, interdisciplinary education in marine science, with courses in biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography.
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Overview

All Marine Science majors at Boston University complete the Marine Semester, an intellectually and physically challenging sequence of four month-long, research-based courses. During the Marine Semester, students conduct research in a variety of New England locations as well as the Belizean Barrier Reef, working with BU faculty and scientists from the New England Aquarium, NOAA, and the University of Belize.

The BA in Marine Science prepares graduates for marine-related positions in commercial, educational, governmental, and nonprofit organizations and for admission to graduate school in a range of fields (e.g., environmental science and policy, marine biology, oceanography, etc.).

Learning Outcomes

The Marine Science major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental concepts in marine science, including principles of geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes in the marine environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of common laboratory, field, and modeling methods used in marine science.
  • Demonstrate the ability to i) formulate a falsifiable hypothesis, ii) design an experiment or observational study to test your hypothesis, iii) analyze your results in a statistically rigorous way, and iv) draw logical conclusions based on your analysis.
  • Communicate effectively the concepts, methods, results, and conclusions of marine science research, in oral and written form, to specialists and the general public.
  • Apply knowledge and skills learned to solve problems in marine geology, physics, chemistry, or biology.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how human activities impact the marine environment, and how the marine environment impacts human activities.

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 included:

  • Marine Urban Ecology
  • Ichthyology: Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution of Fish
  • Coral Reef Dynamics: Shallow Waters, Deep Time (with fieldwork
  • Marine Megafaunal Ecology: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctu
  • Marine Genomics
  • Sensory Biology of Aquatic Animals
  • Tropical Marine Invertebrates (with fieldwork in Belize)
  • Marine Geographic Information Science
  • Estuaries and Nearshore Systems
  • Oceanography of Stellwagen Bank and Surrounding Waters

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

National

  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
International
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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