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Marine Environmental Science, B.Sc.

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New York City, NY, United States
Surrounded by the East River and Long Island Sound, students in the Marine Environmental Science program from SUNY Maritime College analyze organisms and samples in a lab designed specifically for our students.


The Marine Environmental Science program from SUNY Maritime College is an interdisciplinary exploration of the natural marine world. Your courses will give you a thorough understanding of biology, geology, math, meteorology, oceanography and chemistry. You may choose to expand your knowledge in a particular area through a minor either in marine biology or oceanography and meteorology.

MES majors may further tailor their academic program in one of two ways:

1. Professional Internship Program. As an intern student, you will have a more traditional college experience and get to complete two professional internships related to your academic studies. MES internship options include:

  • Rehabilitating wildlife with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation
  • Collecting and analyzing data at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Conducting experiments and research with faculty

2. U.S. Coast Guard Deck License Program. You will take additional courses required to earn a U.S. Coast Guard license. A deck license qualifies you to work on-board commercial vessels, navigating, handling cargo, maintaining the ship and ensuring operational safety. Earning a license requires you to belong to the college regiment of cadets, a disciplined lifestyle program that is not affiliated with the military. Regimental students may also choose to complete internships through the cadet-shipping program.

Life after Maritime

MES graduates go on to work for any number of environmental companies and organizations. Recent graduates have found jobs with:

  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Marine Engineer's Beneficial Association
  • U.S. Military
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

As an MES major, your courses will give you a broad and deep understanding of biology, geology, math, meteorology, oceanography and chemistry, as well as fisheries sciences, field methods, and law and policy.

You can minor in marine biology or oceanography and meteorology.

Your academic knowledge is tested and supplemented by professional learning experiences. All students must complete two summer internships or pursue a U.S. Coast Guard third mate’s license by sailing the college training ship, the Empire State VI, and joining the regiment of cadets. The regiment is a disciplined lifestyle program that holds no affiliation with the military.

For more information, please visit the program website.

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General Requirements

We recommend that all applicants take:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of social studies
  • 3 years of mathematics
  • 3 years of science

You should apply as a freshman if you have never attended college before. Here's what to do:

  • Apply online using the SUNY Application or Common Application
  • All academic credentials must have an official seal, stamp or signature of a school or government official, and be submitted in the original language (if not in English, it must be accompanied by an exactly worded and certified translation).
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • 250 word essay or personal statement.
  • Submit your English Proficiency test scores via an official score report for the TOEFL or SAT or ACT or IELTS

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16320 USD/year
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  • National

    12362 USD/year
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  • In-State

    15916 USD/year
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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