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2014-2015
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Marine Biosciences (MS,PhD)

Telephone: (302) 645-4212 (SMSP main number)
                      (302) 645-4362 (SMSP Associate Director for Marine Biosciences)
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Program Overview
Students in the Marine Biosciences Program are exposed to a broad spectrum of modern approaches to understand the organization and function of biological systems in marine environments. The M.Bsci. Program is highly integrative and students are exposed to a wide range of subjects in their course work and research projects, from molecular biology and biochemistry to ecology and ecosystem studies. Areas of faculty interest within the program span the ecology, physiology, genetics, and molecular biology of plants, animals and microbes. Faculty research specializations are particularly concentrated in: microbial physiology and molecular ecology; larval ecology and molecular biology; chemical ecology; fisheries ecology; aquacultural genetics and genomics; wetland restoration. In addition to the sophisticated classroom and laboratory facilities available, students enjoy ready access to a variety of marine ecosystems near the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes: dunes, salt marshes, mudflats, estuaries, and the Atlantic Ocean. Field research takes place from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in environments ranging from coral reefs to deep- sea hydrothermal vents, to local salt marshes and coastal waters.

Requirements For Admission
Please see the Admissions requirements for the School of Marine Science and Policy for specifics.


Requirements For The Degrees
All students in the master's program are required to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits. A course outside of the Marine Biosciences Program and the student's area of concentration is also required. All students must write a thesis. Students may bypass the master's degree and work directly toward the PhD upon petition. Written and oral qualifying examinations are required before students are admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree.


M.S. in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Biosciences
Course Number Course Title Credits
Required courses:
MAST 627 Marine Biology 3
MAST 634 Marine Molecular Sciences 3
MAST 821 Marine BioSciences Seminar or equivalent must be taken at least one semester during each year of residence. [1 cr each] 3
  
One course (minimum 3 credits) outside of the program. This may be one of the specially designed introductory courses or a more advanced course. Introductory courses include MAST 602 (Physical Oceanography), MAST 637 (Geological Oceanography), MAST 646 (Chemical Oceanography) and MAST 660 (International and National Ocean Policy). 3
   
Additional graduate-level coursework* 12
   
MAST 869 Master's Thesis 6
Minimum credits needed for degree completion 30
*Students will work with his/her advisors to determine what additional coursework must be completed and how many research credits must be taken to account for the remaining credit hours for a minimum total of 30 prior to graduation.





Ph.D. in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Biosciences
 
Course Number Course Title Credits
Required Courses:
MAST 621 Coastal Field Biology 3
MAST 627 Marine Biology 3
MAST 634 Marine Molecular Sciences 3
MAST 821 Marine BioSciences Seminar or equivalent must be taken at least one semester during each year of residence. [1 cr each] 5
   
One course (minimum 3 credits) outside of the program. This may be one of the specially designed introductory courses or a more advanced course. Introductory courses include MAST 602 (Physical Oceanography), MAST 637 (Geological Oceanography), MAST 646 (Chemical Oceanography) and MAST 660 (International and National Ocean Policy). 3
   
Additional graduate level coursework**
   
MAST 969  Doctoral Dissertation 9

**Students will work with their advisors to determine what additional coursework must be completed and how many research credits must be taken to complete the degree.

 


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