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Marine Biology — Specialized Areas of Study

Release Date:
6/1/2012 9:09 AM

by Sarah Lipovsky, Admissions Counselor

The University of New Haven’s marine biology program is considered one of the best in the country. Marine biologists conduct experiments and research and provide needed scientific and technical information to a wide range of organizations, companies, and agencies. Our prime location on Long Island Sound offers unlimited opportunities for field instruction in a variety of marine environments. University of New Haven's Marine Biology

At UNH, students not only study marine biology but can choose from ten specialties. Dr. Carmela Cuomo designed these specialties within our rigorous marine biology program based on her own experiences as an interdisciplinary scientist. The program is designed to provide maximum flexibility for students to tailor the program to their interests. During the second semester of their first year, students take a marine biology careers course designed to introduce them to a variety of career opportunities in marine biology. With this immediate hands-on experience, students are encouraged to engage in field and laboratory research, beginning in their freshman year. In addition to completing the core curriculum requirements for the marine biology program, students can choose from the following specialized areas of study: 

Marine conservation adds two courses in law enforcement and a few other restricted electives to the core requirements. Many students also take part in cooperative education opportunities with the Mystic Aquarium or Norwalk Aquarium.

Marine aquaculture requires additional restricted electives in aquaculture and psychology as well as a minor in business. Aquaculture has become more high-tech than ever before, and in the next 50 years, the field is expected to grow more than 500 percent! Upon graduation, students can seek jobs as a scientist in the public and private sectors or begin their own business.

Marine law enforcement adds restricted electives such as marine conservation and restoration and requires a minor in criminal justice. One of our students completed his senior project by shadowing a marine patrol officer and then offering suggestions on how to make the job more efficient.

Marine journalism and marine photography require students to choose a minor in communication or art. Students can work with film, photography, and print media to communicate their knowledge through a range of tools.

A marine policy specialty is attained by fulfilling the requirements of our pre-law advisory program.  This area of study is perfect for students who wish to pursue a career as a marine or environmental lawyer or work for the EPA or a nongovernmental organization such as Save the Sound.

Marine forensics adds elective credits in our forensic science department. Students can choose to major in forensic science and minor in marine biology.

Marine technology requires five or six additional courses. These requirements are met through a combination of math courses and those offered in our Tagliatela College of Engineering.

A marine education specialty is completed as part of our 4+1 education program. This provides students with a B.S. in marine biology and an M.S. in education in five years of study. During their fourth year, students begin to take graduate-level courses in education, and during their tuition-free fifth year, students participate in a student teaching internship. 

Marine biotechnology adds five biology courses to the core concentrations. This requirement allows students to achieve dual-majors in marine biology and environmental science or biotechnology.

UNH provides students with a solid education in the sciences and teaches them the practical skills critical to future employment and success. To learn more about our marine biology program or its core curriculum visit