M.S. Marine Sciences

What better place to advance your education in marine science than at a university with an entire campus and marina devoted to the field? Dive deep into the study of marine systems and be exposed to a wide variety of special topics, including everything from shark research to coral reef conservation.

As a graduate of the marine sciences master’s programs, you’ll be prepared for advanced roles in education, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and more.

As a graduate student at NSU’s Halmos College of Arts and Sciences, you’ll have immersive learning experiences in laboratory and classroom settings, as well as on the field. Mangroves, coral reefs, tropical freshwater, beaches, and deep-water habitats are just a few miles away from campus, which means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to work hands-on in the environments that match your interests. Faculty provide specialized attention and teach using advanced tools, so you can be best prepared to dominate your educational and career goals.

You’ll find that your NSU marine science professors are passionate about what they do. Their excitement comes from not only teaching, but from being active researchers in the field—pursuing scholarly interests in coral reef biology, deep-sea ecosystems, and ichthyology, to name a few.     

NSU’s Marine Sciences master’s programs are 36-credits. Choose from three concentrations designed to give you a competitive advantage in your career:

Marine Biology

Coastal Zone Management

Marine Environmental Science.    

Course Requirements

Curriculum | Total Credits: 36

 

Core Courses

(18 Credits) required for both paths.

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

MSMS 5010 Biostatistics 3
MSMS 5020 Marine Ecosystems 3
MSMS 5030 Marine Geology 3
MSMS 5040 Marine Chemistry 3
MSMS 5050 Physical Oceanography 3
MSMS 5060 Scientific Communication 3

 Concentration Electives - Marine Biology

(Choose 12 Credits)

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

MSMS 6001 Marine Physiology 3
MSMS 6002 Coral Reef Ecology 3
MSMS 6003 Deep-Sea Biology 3
MSMS 6004 Marine Fisheries 3
MSMS 6005 Invertebrate Zoology 3
MSMS 6006 Tropical Marine Invertebrates 3
MSMS 6007 Marine Mammalogy 3
MSMS 6008 Biology of Sharks and Rays 3
MSMS 6010 Marine Apex Predators 3
MSMS 6011 Marine Avian Ecology 3
MSMS 6012 Corals from the Inside Out 3
MSMS 6014 Marine Larval Ecology 3
MSMS 6016 Ichthyology 3
MSMS 6017 Tropical Fish Biology 3
MSMS 6021 Histology and Ultrastructure of Marine Organisms 3
MSMS 6022 Methods in Marine Community Ecology 3

 

Concentration Electives - Marine Environmental Science

(Choose 12 Credits) 

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

MSMS 6201 GIS & Environmental Remote Sensing 3
MSMS 6203 Climate Change 3
MSMS 6204 Anthropogenic Impacts in Marine Environments 3
MSMS 6208 Aquaculture 3
MSMS 6209 Biodiversity 3
MSMS 6210 Scientific Method and Experimental Design 3
MSMS 6211 Genomics 3
MSMS 6212 Stable Isotopes in Marine Ecology 3
MSMS 6213 Coral Reef Biogeochemistry 3

Concentration Electives - Coastal Zone Management

(Choose 12 Credits) 

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

MSMS 6001 Coastal Policy for U.S. Living Marine Resources 3
MSMS 6002 Ocean and Coastal Law 3
MSMS 6003 Invasive Species 3

Students are allowed to take one elective outside their concentration and have it count toward their final credit total.  After completing the required core and concentration coursework, students must take two required this and capstone courses, totaling 6 credits. 

 

Capstone Path or Thesis Path (6 Credits needed)

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

BMME 7000 Thesis  6+
BMME 7010 Capstone  6