Marine Biology (Minor)

Marine Biology (Minor)
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What is marine biology?

Marine biology is the study of marine organisms and their interactions with their environment. The marine biology minor will give you an introduction to this wide-ranging discipline, which covers everything from the smallest aquatic microbes to the largest marine mammals. You’ll have the opportunity to explore ecology, evolution, biodiversity, behavior and seaweed, fish and shellfish aquaculture. Combine this minor with a major such as biology, neuroscience, marine policy, wildlife conservation, education or environmental studies to enhance your career opportunities or prepare for graduate study.

Why study marine biology at UNH?

State-of-the-art facilities, hands-on learning with an emphasis on undergraduate student research, and an incredible location make UNH the perfect place to study marine biology. The university is close to the New Hampshire Seacoast, providing endless opportunities to study aquatic organisms and their ecosystems. UNH has aquaculture facilities and coastal and estuarine research laboratories such as Jackson Estuarine Laboratory and Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex. Meanwhile, Shoals Marine Laboratory administers the summer undergraduate programs in collaboration with Cornell University on Appledore Island,off the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine. Together, these facilities offer exceptional opportunities to in both research and scholarship.

Potential career areas

  • Aquaculture
  • Aquariums
  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation
  • Ecological restoration
  • Ecotourism
  • Education
  • Environmental protection
  • Fisheries management
  • Research
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Curriculum & Requirements

The Marine Biology minor is designed to provide a foundation in marine biology and related sciences to any UNH undergraduate student, with the exception of students majoring in marine, estuarine, and freshwater biology. It is offered through the Department of Biological Sciences.

The minor consists of five courses (20 credits) with grades of C- or better and no pass/fail courses. No more than eight major requirement credits may be used to complete the minor. The minor consists of an introductory Marine Science course and 4 courses selected in consultation with the minor advisor.

MEFB 503
Introduction to Marine Biology
Take THREE of the following:16
MEFB 625Introduction to Marine Botany5
MEFB 628Marine Invertebrate Evolution and Ecology5
MEFB 725Marine Ecology4
MEFB 747Aquatic Plants in Restoration/Management4
MEFB 755Biological Oceanography3
MEFB 772Fisheries Biology: Conservation and Management4
MEFB 773Physiology of Fishes4
ESCI 501Introduction to Oceanography4
ESCI 502Beaches and Coasts4
ZOOL 610Principles of Aquaculture4
ZOOL 710Sharks and Bony Fishes0 or 4
MEFB 506Marine Parasitology and Disease4
MEFB 510Field Ornithology4
MEFB 530Evolution and Marine Diversity4
MEFB 535Marine Mammal Biology4
MEFB #630Biodiversity and Biology of Marine Invertebrates4
MEFB 674Ecology and Marine Environment4
MEFB 702Sustainable Marine Fisheries4
MEFB 714Field Animal Behavior4
MEFB 741Sharks: Biology and Conservation4
MEFB 754Anatomy and Function of Marine Vertebrates4
Take ONE of the following:
MEFB 500Coastal Habitat Field Research Methods4
MEFB 508Marine Ecosystem Research and Management4
MEFB 730Underwater Research4
MEFB 751Research in Marine Biology4
BIOL 795Independent Investigations in Biology1-4
MEFB 795Independent Investigations in Marine, Estuarine, and Freshwater Biology1-4
ZOOL 795Independent Investigations in Zoology1-4
MARI #405Introduction to Marine Mammal Science and Policy3
MARI 533Basic SCUBA3
MARI 705Introduction to Marine Policy: Understanding US Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Policy3
MARI 730Research Diving Technologies4
MARI 735Advanced SCUBA4

In addition, students are encouraged to become involved in a research project, either by working in a professor's laboratory or by participating in the Undergraduate Ocean Research Project (TECH 797 Undergraduate Ocean Research Project).

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