|Major Code: 7285
||Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
|Delivery Mode(s): Classroom
||Admission Status: Undergraduate
|Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
The Bachelor of Science in Marine Conservation provides students with the skills and knowledge for immediate employment in ocean and estuarine conservation, or for graduate studies in ecology and conservation biology. Graduates are prepared to face the challenges associated with global climate change, pollution and habitat loss, as well as the growing threat of invasive species.
Coursework emphasizes ecological principles, experimental design, implementation and analysis. Access and training to in-demand technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), R statistical software and other tools are a priority. Courses in natural resource economics and media communication give graduates the skills necessary to serve as ocean diplomats to the public, or aid in policy debate and implementation.
Undergraduate research opportunities range from work on marine microbes and molecular marine ecology to dolphins, tarpon, invasive lionfish, reef-corals and the rich fauna of Antarctica. Fieldwork is strongly encouraged and is available both locally in the Indian River Lagoon, one of North America’s most diverse estuaries, and through summer field courses in the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Pacific Northwest and other locations. This degree is eligible for the Fast Track program, allowing students to complete the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree (M.S.) in conservation technology in five years.
Students intending to apply for admission to study in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences are strongly encouraged to complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics, including second-year algebra and trigonometry.
Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Marine Conservation must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum. Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty advisor to reflect the knowledge a student needs either for employment or graduate school.