Boston University Marine Program (BUMP)

The Boston University Marine Program (BUMP) offers a modern interdisciplinary curriculum in marine science, including a major and minor. Undergraduates at Boston University who choose to concentrate in marine science are required to participate in the Marine Semester (MS). The MS is also open to visiting students enrolled at other institutions. Undergraduates seeking admission to the MS must have successfully completed one of the following marine breadth courses: CAS BI 260, BI/ES 423, ES 331, ES 440, ES 541, or ES/GE 507 (or, for visiting students, an equivalent course at the home institution).

In the MS, students complete a sequence of four intensive, research-based, month-long courses. Courses are chosen from a slate of 12 or more diverse offerings (which vary somewhat from year to year). The courses are taught in the manner of research internships, requiring students to exhibit independence, initiative, and critical thinking. With guidance from their instructors, students develop testable hypotheses, design research protocols, collect original data, analyze their results, and compose summary presentations, which may take the form of scientific posters, talks, or manuscripts. Courses are taught by leading marine researchers from BU’s faculty and from our academic partners, which include the New England Aquarium, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and the University of Belize. The courses take students to spectacular marine environments from waters teeming with marine megafauna off the coast of Massachusetts to the world’s second-longest barrier reef system off the coast of Belize. Whether a student’s interests lie in biodiversity, evolution, biomechanics, genomics, physiology, behavior, oceanography, environmental studies, geological processes, urban coastal development, sustainability, or policy, the MS has something to offer.

For more information on BUMP opportunities, please contact the program manager at Boston University Marine Program, 5 Cummington Mall, Room 106B; 617-358-4961; email: