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Courses in Marine Science

The Department of Sciences and Mathematics offers several courses in oceanography as well as opportunities for student to conduct ocean science research.  For students with a deeper interest in marine science or thinking about pursuing a marine science career, the department offers a 15 unit Marine Science Minor.  Students fulfill course requirements from the list of courses below and MUST complete MSC 380: Directed Research. Students who complete the Marine Science Minor will receive a certificate of completion and a notation on their official transcript indicating the completion of the Minor

For more information contact Dr. Alexander Parker

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Minor in Marine Science

The Marine Science minor is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career working on research vessels, continuing their studies in marine sciences, or who are otherwise interested in marine sciences. 

In addition to the general requirements for earning a minor at Cal Maritime, and to receive a transcript notation of having completed the specific requirements for a minor in Marine Science, the student will have completed at least 15 units from the following curriculum:

All students must complete the following course: 

MSC 380.  Directed Research                                                     3 units

MSC 380 is a culminating project or term paper usually completed during the student's senior year but it may be completed earlier.

Plus at least 9 units of the following oceanography courses:

MSC 100.  Intro to Oceanography I:  Geology and Chemistry     3 units

MSC 105.  Intro to Oceanography II:  Biology and Physics         3 units

MSC 200.  Oceanographic Instruments and Analysis                    2 units

MSC 200L.  Oceanographic Instruments and Analysis Lab         1 unit

MSC 205.  Marine Biology                                                           3 units

MSC 205L.  Marine Biology Laboratory                                       1 unit

Additional courses from the following may be used to make a total of at least 15 units for the minor:                   

GMA 105.  Ocean Politics                                                          3 units
                  (not for Global Studies majors)

NAU 330.  Meteorology                                                              3 units
                  (not for Marine Transportation majors)


Minor Advisor: 

Dr. Alexander Parker

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Last updated: 7/16/20