The ocean is acquiring an ever-increasing significance as an avenue of worldwide commerce and communication and as a source of food, energy, minerals and fuels. As nations and private concerns become more involved in the ocean, the need increases for qualified professionals to deal with the commercial and legal complexities of marine affairs. In order to meet this need, the Rosenstiel School offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Marine Affairs combined with a minor in Anthropology, General Business, Economics, Ecosystem Science and Policy, Geography, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Political Science, or General Business. Students in the School of Communication may include Marine Affairs as a second major. This program is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for graduate studies and careers in ocean related areas of business, policy, management, law, and communication.

In addition to those courses that satisfy General Education Requirements, the required courses for the undergraduate major in Marine Affairs are:
• Biology 150, 160
• Chemistry 111, 112
• Marine Science 111, 215, 230, 313 or 314, 310 or 340, 345, 460 and six credits of approved elective in marine affairs.
• Geological Sciences 110 or 111
• Economics 211
• One course in computer programming or statistics
• Six credits of upper level elective, to be approved by advisor.

Marine Affairs courses offered through the graduate Marine Affairs and Policy division at the Rosenstiel School may be taken by upperclass students with permission.

5 Year BA/MPS Program in Marine Affairs

The Rosenstiel School offers a 5 year BA/Master of Professional Science (MPS) Program in Marine Affairs. This program enables qualified Marine Affairs students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs in four years with the opportunity to earn a Master of Professional Science in Marine Affairs in one additional year. Conditional acceptance to the graduate Marine Affairs and Policy Division is based on the student’s GPA at the end of the sophomore year. Students must then apply for acceptance to the graduate program at the Rosenstiel School during their junior year.


Honors in the Marine and Atmospheric Science Program may be earned by students who have a 3.5 GPA and have completed 6 credits of independent research and a senior thesis.


In addition to satisfying the course requirements for graduation with majors in Marine Science, Meteorology and Marine Affairs (specified above under “Undergraduate Majors”), students are expected to satisfy the School’s General Education Requirements. General Education Requirements stress breadth of knowledge and the cultivation of intellectual abilities essential for the acquisition of knowledge. Courses taken for the major, the minor, and the writing requirement may also be used to satisfy the General Education Requirements.


A)  English Composition:  3-6 credits

Students (except those first enrolling in English 103) must take English 105 and 106, or their approved equivalents, in the first year of residence.

Students with an appropriate score on the Advanced Placement [AP] language and literature examination, or with an appropriate score on the International Baccalaureate [IB] higher level English examination, may earn 6 credits in English 105 and English 106. Those with an appropriate score on the SAT verbal or ACT verbal exams may be exempted from English 105. Those with transfer credit for English 105 will take English 106 or its equivalent in the first year of residence.

B)  Writing Across the Curriculum

Every student must complete five (5) writing-oriented (W) courses beyond ENG 105 and 106. Students are required to write at least 4000 words in each W course. Writing assignments will be graded on both content and style. All literature and foreign language literature courses receive writing credit. Transfer students must satisfy at least three (3) courses of the writing requirement at the University of Miami.

C)  Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs:  3-6 credits
Bachelor of Science in Marine and Atmospheric Science: 11-12 credits

B.S. degree candidates must earn 11-12 credits, consisting of two semesters of Calculus: MTH 161-162, or equivalent and either a) one semester of a computer course approved by the department; or b) a statistics course approved by the department.

B.A. degree candidates who do not place out of MTH 101 must take MTH 101 or MTH 107 during their first year. In addition, all B.A. degree candidates must take one of the following MTH courses: MTH 108, MTH 113, MTH 130, or MTH 161.


A)  People and Society (Social Sciences):  6 credits

Students must earn six credits in the Social Sciences. Courses in the following areas may be used to fulfill this requirement: Africana Studies (AAS); American Studies (AMS); Anthropology (except APY 203); Economics (ECO); Ecosystem Science and Policy (ECS 113 or 302 only); Education and Psychological Studies (EPS); Geography and Regional Studies (except GEG 120); International Studies (INS); Judaic Studies (JUS); History (HIS); Political Sciences (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC); Teaching and Learning (TAL); Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), and the following courses: Broadcasting and Broadcast Journalism (CEM 102); Mass Media Communication in Society (COM 101); Communication Theory (COM 110); Interpersonal Communication (COS 112); Nonverbal Communication (COS 118); Political Communication (COS 336); Persuasion (COS 472).

One approved First Year Seminar course may be taken for the Social Sciences requirement.

B)  Arts and Humanities:  12 credits

Students must earn twelve credits from among the four areas listed below. No more the six credits may be earned in any one area.

Fine Arts: courses in the departments of Art and Art History, Dance (DAN 250 only), Musicology, Music Theory (MTC 125 only), and Theatre Arts (THA 101 only) count toward this requirement.

Literature: literature courses in the departments of English (200-level and higher), Modern Languages and Literatures (300-level and higher) and Classics (CLA 220, CLA 310, CLA 311 and CLA 370) count toward this requirement.

Modern or Classical Languages: modern language courses numbered 101-212, or courses in Greek or Latin, count towards this requirement so long as the language differs from the student’s native language, and if, when beginning with a 101-level course, they also take the 102-level course in the same language.

Philosophy and Religious Studies: courses in the departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies count toward this requirement.

One approved First Year Seminar course may be taken for the Arts and Humanities requirement.

C)  Natural World (Natural Science)

Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs:  9 credits
Bachelor of Science in Marine and Atmospheric Science: 4-8 credits

B.A. degree candidates must earn nine credits in two of the following disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Ecosystem Science and Policy (except ECS 113 and 302), Geological Sciences, Marine Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Physics. APY 203 and/or GEG 120 may also be taken for this requirement.

B.S. degree candidates minoring in one of the subjects approved as a B.S. major must earn 4 credits, and those minoring in other subjects must earn 8 credits, in one of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences or Physics. These credits must be taken in a department other than the major or the minor, and must be earned in courses that count toward a major in that department.