Marine Sciences Minor

The minor in marine sciences is designed to allow students access to departmental courses, facilities, and advisors in order to develop marine specializations related to their majors and to prepare for postgraduate study in marine sciences or a related field.

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
One course emphasizing global oceanic processes:3
MASC 101
1
or MASC 401
One course emphasizing the coastal ocean3
Estuarine and Coastal Marine Science
MASC 55
MASC 58
MASC/ENEC 220
MASC/GEOL 223
MASC/ENEC/GEOL 411
MASC 432
MASC/ENEC 433
Marine Ecology
MASC 442/BIOL 457
MASC/ENEC 448
MASC/ENEC 471
MASC 472
or an equivalent course with a focus on the coastal ocean and approved by the director of undergraduate studies
One course featuring practical experience in marine sciences. Choose one from the following four groups:3
Group 1:
Estuarine and Coastal Marine Science
MASC 52
MASC/ENEC 220
MASC/GEOL 223
MASC 432
MASC/ENEC 448
MASC/ENEC 471
MASC 472
MASC/GEOL 503
MASC 504/BIOL 657/ENVR 520
or an equivalent field course approved by the director of undergraduate studies
Group 2:
MASC/ENEC/GEOL 415
MASC/GEOL/ENVR 480
MASC/GEOL 483
MASC 561
or an equivalent mathematical modeling or data analysis course approved by the director of undergraduate studies
Group 3:
MASC/ENEC 444/BIOL 456
MASC 445
or an equivalent laboratory course approved by the director of undergraduate studies
Group 4:
MASC 395
or MASC 396
A marine sciences course of the student’s choosing3
Total Hours12
1

Students may not receive credit for both MASC 101 and MASC 401

Marine sciences (MASC) course descriptions.

Special Opportunities in Marine Sciences

Undergraduate Research

The department offers opportunities to undergraduates to conduct directed research in our laboratories. Students work directly with faculty members and may enroll for credit as part of an honors or research project. The liaison for undergraduate research provides information about research opportunities in marine sciences, and assists undergraduates in finding a faculty advisor/research group that matches their interests.

Experiential Education

There are three opportunities for experiential education in Marine Sciences:

  • EMES 220 is taught during Maymester at the main campus with one week at the UNC–Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, NC.
  • EMES 395 can be taken with the permission of a faculty advisor.
  • EMES 472 is taught at the UNC–Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, NC, during the summer session and provides an experience in the field.

Department of Earth, Marine, and Environmental Sciences

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Murray and Mitchell Halls

Chair

Eric Kirby

ekirby@unc.edu

Director of Graduate Studies (GEOL)

Donna Surge

donna64@email.unc.edu

Director of Graduate Studies (MASC)

Brent McKee

bamckee@email.unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies (GEOL)

Kevin Stewart

KGSTEWAR@email.unc.edu

Director of Undergradaute Studies (MASC)

Antonio Rodriguez

abrodrig@email.unc.edu

Student Services Manager

Violet Anderson

vmanders@email.unc.edu

Student Services (Undergraduate)

Amy Bartenfelder

amy.bartenfelder@unc.edu