Marine science is the study of the marine environment and its interactions with the Earth, biosphere, and atmosphere. It is therefore an interdisciplinary science bringing together a wide range of sciences including biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering. As such, our program provides students with a broad curriculum in the sciences, demonstrating how the different disciplines can be brought to bear on understanding marine processes, climate change and managing ocean resources wisely. The Major prepares students for graduate work in oceanography or one of the basic disciplines, civil service careers in environmental management, employment in the many applied environmental and marine science fields, or teaching in the secondary schools.


First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this: 

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16

 

 

Introductory courses recommended by faculty. Include at least one of these in your schedule:

Students with a Precalculus or Calculus math placement AND Expository Writing English placement

Course Title

Course Number

Credits

Subject on University Schedule of Classes
General Biology 01:119:115 4 Biologiccal Sciences (119)
General Chemistry 01:160:161 4 Chemsitry (160)
Calculus-Based Math   4 Mathematics (640)
Intro to Oceanography 01:460:120 3 Marine Sciences (628)
Topics in Marine Sciences
01:628:208 1.5 Marine Sciences (628)

 

Students without a Precalculus or Calculus math placement AND Expository Writing English placement

Course Title

Course Number

Credits

Subject on University Schedule of Classes
Prep for General Biology 01:119:199 4 Biologiccal Sciences (119)
Calculus-Based Math   4 Mathematics (640)
Intro to Oceanography 01:460:120 3 Marine Sciences (628)
Topics in Marine Sciences 01:628:208 1.5 Marine Sciences (628)
  

Your first year of college is an opportunity for you to explore fields of interest to enhance your understanding of yourself, the world around you, and your main academic and career goals. Think of your schedule as including courses you must take (English, courses to explore potential majors, etc.) and courses you can take (everything else!) All courses are part of your degree - if necessary, review the components of the SAS degree on this page.

Through these degree components, you will curate your own unique educational experience - but we understand that this level of flexibility and freedom can feel overwhelming for new students. Like a recommendation based on a book or TV show you enjoyed, the information below can help you identify related courses to consider in your first semester.

Course Title

Course Number

Credits

Subject on University Schedule of Classes

Introductory Geology 01:460:101 4 Sociology (920)
Introduction to Environmental Science 11:375:101 3 African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (013)
Living in the Microbial World 11:680:101 3 Microbiology (680)

The Schedule of Classes provides information about the courses being offered in a particular semester. There are literally thousands of courses offered each semester at Rutgers, and you may find it helpful to narrow down your options by looking for courses in subjects related to your potential major or minor. Use the recommendations below to find possible introductory courses in other subjects. 

To find potential courses in other subjects related to this one:

1. On the Schedule of Classes, select the current term, location "New Brunswick" and level "undergraduate". Click continue.

2. In the Search By box, click the "search multple subjects" link. Select the following departments:

Biological Sciences (119)

Chemistry (160) - also includes Chemical Biology

Mathematics (640)

Physics (750) - also known as Physics and Astronomy

3. In Section Status, deselect Closed

4. In Level of Study, deselect 300 and 400. In general, 100 and 200 are appropriate for first-year students, 300 and 400 are often more appropriate for students with more familiarity with the subject. If you are interested in registering for a 300 or 400 level course, consult with an advisor before registering. 

Review these courses for possible inclusion in your first-semester schedule, or to consider for future semesters.