Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Sciences
Cal Poly has an ideal geographic location for training future marine scientists. Importantly, Cal Poly is situated near diverse ecosystems that are incorporated into the teaching and research programs, including the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences pier marine laboratory facility in Avila Beach.
The B.S. in Marine Sciences degree program is designed to provide students with a broad foundation in multiple areas of marine sciences, including ample opportunities for active application of knowledge-based projects to the lab and field. In addition, students will be required to engage in community-oriented outreach activities to promote ocean literacy. We have included flexibility in the degree to allow students to focus on one of the sub-disciplines including marine biology, chemistry, oceanography, or the more technical and instrumentation-focused areas in engineering.
The degree includes lower division coursework across all scientific disciplines to provide a balanced education for students. In addition, the degree includes upper-division experiences in our core marine courses (Marine Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Chemistry and Ocean Sampling) as well as courses focusing on diversity of marine organisms, conservation and community involvement.
Through the use of experience-based learning including faculty-led research projects, the Marine Sciences BS students will develop critical thinking and analytical skills in areas such as physiology of marine organisms, conservation, fisheries, oceanographic sampling and data networks. This degree curriculum will prepare students to enter and lead the workforce or to matriculate in premier graduate programs in the interdisciplinary field of marine sciences.
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