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MES Curriculum

Marine and Environmental Sciences Curriculum

Below is a sample plan of study for a Marine and Environmental Sciences (MES) major. MES majors specialize in two of three major area electives: Biological-Environmental or Chemical-Environmental Science, or Physical Oceanography. Each area includes three courses with hands-on field work and labs.

FOURTH CLASS YEAR (Freshman)

Fall Semester

  • College Composition
  • American Government
  • Calculus I
  • Principles of Fitness and Wellness I
  • Swimming
  • Chemistry I
  • Fundamentals of Navigation

Spring Semester

  • History of the USCG
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Calculus II
  • Principles of Fitness and Wellness II
  • Personal Defense I
  • Physics I
  • Chemistry II

THIRD CLASS YEAR (Sophomore)

Fall Semester

  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Lifetime Sports I: Racquetball
  • Lifetime Sports II: Golf
  • Marine Biology
  • Meteorology
  • Physics II
  • Applications in Navigation Lab
  • Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Spring Semester

  • Differential Equations
  • Marine Geochemistry
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Ships and Maritime Systems
  • Macroeconomics

SECOND CLASS YEAR (Junior)

Fall Semester

  • Law
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Geospatial Sciences I
  • *Major Area Elective
  • *Major Area Elective

Spring Semester

  • Ethics
  • Personal Defense II
  • Lifetime Sports III: Tennis
  • Maritime Watch Officer
  • *MES Elective
  • *Major Area Elective
  • *Major Area Elective

FIRST CLASS YEAR (Senior)

Fall Semester

  • Global Studies
  • Selected Topics for the 100 Ton Master
  • *Major Area Elective
  • *Major Area Elective
  • *Free Elective
  • Physical Education

Spring Semester

  • Priniples of Electronic Communication Systems
  • Petroleum and Oil Spill Management
  • Fisheries Management
  • Ethics
  • Selected Topics for the 100 Ton Master Lab
  • *MES Elective
  • *Free Elective
  • Physical Education

Marine and Environmental Sciences Concentrations (Taken as Major Area Elective, MES Elective, or Free Elective)

  • Environmental Science
  • Oceans II – Land and Sea
  • Analytical Methods in Chemistry
  • Ocean Dynamics
  • Remote Sensing
  • Waves, Tides, and Coastal Processes
  • Operational Oceanography
  • Climate Change Physics
  • Energy Physics
  • Environmental Science
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Methods in Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Policy
  • Marine Ecology
  • Emergency Management
  • Fate and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment
    Elective Tracks
    • Environmental Toxicology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
  • Oceans II – Land and Sea

Students select two of the three Tracks within the concentration

  • Biological Environmental Track
    • Fisheries Biology
    • Biological and Chemical Oceanography
    • Fisheries Management
  • Physical Oceanography Track
    • Ocean Dynamics
    • Marine Forecasting - Marine Forecasting is an advanced meteorology course with an emphasis on forecasting, especially at sea. The course emphasis is on the practical aspects of developing short range weather forecasts through the use of no cost internet based weather products, including National Weather Service (NWS) and Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) products, augmented with specialized weather analysis software. After reviewing concepts from Meteorology (5240) and/or Atmospheric and Marine Science (5442), students will learn advanced concepts, skills and techniques in marine forecasting; and master them during daily weather briefs and group presentations. The course is designed to be student presented, hands-on, internet based, and in-class activities will allow students to dissect forecasting tools and products in real time. This course is designed for collaborative learning.
    • Waves, Tides, and Coastal Processes
    • Polar Oceanography
  • GEOINT Track
    • Intelligence and Cyber Operations
    • Remote Sensing
    • Geospatial Sciences II
    • Emergency Management or Operational Oceanography