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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2019 Programs of Study and Courses for Liberal Arts and Sciences Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Marine Sciences 628  

Marine Sciences 628

Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences


Chair: Oscar Schofield, Marine and Coastal Sciences, Room 104F

Undergraduate Director: Gary Taghon



Kenneth W. Able, B.S., Marian College; Ph.D., College of William and Mary

Robert J. Chant, B.S., SUNY (Buffalo); Ph.D., SUNY (Stony Brook)

John Dighton, B.Sc. General, London Polytechnic; M.Sc., Durham (UK); Ph.D., Queen Elizabeth (U.K.)

Paul G. Falkowski, B.S., M.A., CUNY (City College); Ph.D., British Columbia (Canada)

Susan E. Ford (Emerita), B.A., Rutgers; Ph.D., Duke

Scott M. Glenn, B.S., Rochester; Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

J. Frederick Grassle, (Emeritus) B.S., Yale; Ph.D., Duke

Judith P. Grassle, B.Sc., Queensland (Australia); Ph.D., Duke

Ximing Guo, B.S., Qingdao Ocean (China); M.S., Ph.D., Washington (Seattle)

Dale B. Haidvogel, B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Benjamin Horton, B.A, Liverpool, (U.K.); Ph.D., Durham, (U.K.)

Lee J. Kerkhof, B.S., California (Berkeley); Ph.D., California (San Diego/Scripps)

Richard A. Lutz, B.A., Virginia; Ph.D., Maine

James R. Miller, B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., Ph.D., Maryland

Karl F. Nordstrom, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Rutgers

Norbert P. Psuty (Emeritus), B.S., Wayne State; M.S., Miami; Ph.D., Louisiana

Yair Rosenthal, B.Sc., M.S., Hebrew (Jerusalem); Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Oscar M. Schofield, B.A., Ph.D., California (Santa Barbara)

Robert M. Sherrell, B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Gary L. Taghon, B.S., Purdue; M.S., Ph.D., Washington

John L. Wilkin, B.E., Auckland (New Zealand); Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Associate Professors:

Kay D. Bidle, B.S., Maryland; Ph.D., California (San Diego/Scripps)

David Bushek, B.S., Ohio State; M.S., Houston; Ph.D., Rutgers

Josh Kohut, B.S., College of Charleston; Ph.D., Rutgers

Silke Severmann, B.S., Albrechts Universitat Kiel (Germany); M.Sc., Ph.D., Southampton (U.K.)

Elizabeth Sikes, B.A., Wesleyan; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Research Professors:

Monica Bricelj, D.Sc., Buenos Aires (Argentina); M.S., Ph.D., SUNY (Stony Brook)

Jennifer A. Francis, B.A., San Jose State; Ph.D., Washington

Maxim Y. Gorbunov, M.S., Ph.D., Moscow State

Michael Kennish, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Rutgers


Associate Research Professors:

Thomas Grothues, B.A., California (Santa Barbara); Ph.D., SUNY (Stony Brook)

Julia Levin, B.S., Moscow Oil and Gas Academy; M.S., Ph.D., Columbia

Research Associates:

Karen Bemis, B.A., Rice; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Ph.D., Rutgers

Assistant Professors:

Diane K. Adams, B.S., California (Santa Barbara); Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Heidi Fuchs, B.S., Wyoming; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Olaf Jensen, B.S., Cornell; M.S., Maryland; Ph.D., Wisconsin

Daphne M. Munroe, B.Sc., Simon Fraser; Ph.D., British Columbia (Canada)

Grace Saba, B.S., California (Santa Barbara); Ph.D., Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary

Assistant Research Professors:

Kimberlee Thamatrakoln, B.S., California (San Diego); M.S., Stanford; Ph.D., California (San Diego)

Javier Zavala-Garay, B.S., Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (Mexico); Ph.D., Colorado (Boulder)

Marine science is the study of the marine environment and its interactions with the earth, the biosphere, and the atmosphere. It is therefore an interdisciplinary science requiring a knowledge of the principles of physics, geology and geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology. A major in marine sciences provides students with a broad curriculum in the sciences, which shows how the different scientific disciplines can be brought to bear on understanding marine processes and managing ocean resources wisely. The major prepares a student for many future paths: further study in graduate school in oceanography or in one of the basic disciplines; employment in one of the many applied marine science or environmental fields; a career in environmental management in the civil service; or teaching in secondary schools.

The marine sciences courses emphasize improvement of oral and written communication skills, and facility in accessing, reading, and understanding the current primary literature in marine sciences. Many of the courses include hands-on, experiential learning in the laboratory or in the field. Students also are required to have 3 credits of experience-based education by completing at least one semester or summer of supervised, independent research.

Entry to the major requires a grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the basic required mathematics and science courses (i.e., Calculus I and II, General Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, General Physics I and II) completed by the time of declaration. This is a credit-intensive major, and students are advised to contact the undergraduate director during their second semester.

The curriculum includes the following options: Option A, Marine Biology/Biological Oceanography; Option B, Marine Chemistry; Option C, Marine Geology; and Option D, Physical Oceanography. The required core courses are listed on the catalog page below. For course descriptions, see the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences section of this catalog, Marine Sciences 628.

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