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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Marine Environment 1
Oceanography
One course emphasizing the coastal ocean3
Estuarine and Coastal Marine Science
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Change in the Coastal Ocean
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Connections to the Sea: The Challenges Faced by Using and Living near Coastal In
North Carolina Estuaries: Environmental Processes and Problems
Geology of Beaches and Coasts
Oceanic Processes in Environmental Systems
Major World Rivers and Global Change: From Mountains to the Sea
Wetland Hydrology
Marine Ecology
Marine Biology
Coastal and Estuarine Ecology
Human Impacts on Estuarine Ecosystems
Barrier Island Ecology and Geology
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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Living with Our Oceans and Atmosphere
North Carolina Estuaries: Environmental Processes and Problems
Geology of Beaches and Coasts
Major World Rivers and Global Change: From Mountains to the Sea
Coastal and Estuarine Ecology
Human Impacts on Estuarine Ecosystems
Barrier Island Ecology and Geology
Marine Geology
Biological Oceanography
or an equivalent field course approved by the director of undergraduate studies
Group 2:
Environmental Systems Modeling
Modeling of Marine and Earth Systems
Geologic and Oceanographic Applications of Geographical Information Systems
Time Series and Spatial Data Analysis
or an equivalent mathematical modeling or data analysis course approved by the director of undergraduate studies
Group 3:
Marine Phytoplankton
Marine Invertebrate Biology
or an equivalent laboratory course approved by the director of undergraduate studies
Group 4:
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Undergraduate Research in Marine Sciences
Independent Study in Marine Sciences
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:

  • MASC 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.
  • MASC 395 can be taken with the permission of a faculty advisor.
  • MASC 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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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

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Student Services (Undergraduate)

Amy Bartenfelder

amy.bartenfelder@unc.edu