Boston University Marine Program (BUMP)


The Boston University Marine Program (BUMP) provides a rigorous, interdisciplinary education in marine science.  Our curriculum encompasses biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography as well as policy and the spatial dynamics of marine systems.  While the typical science curriculum teaches students about science, BUMP teaches undergraduates how to be scientists.  We accomplish this by requiring all majors to complete the Marine Semester, an intellectually and physically demanding sequence of four consecutive research-based courses.  This often-transformative experience immerses students in faculty research and exposes them to pressing issues impacting marine ecosystems.  We strive to prepare BUMP graduates for top jobs in marine science and for positions in elite graduate programs.  More broadly, we aim to increase marine literacy and contribute to the worldwide effort to preserve and protect threatened marine ecosystems and sustainably manage critical marine resources. The Marine Science program involves faculty from Biology,  Earth & Environment, and Biomedical Engineering in addition to marine scientists from our academic partners: the New England Aquarium, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and the Environmental Research Institute at the University of Belize. Our students can also receive credit for courses taken with another one of BUMP’s academic partners, the Sea Education Association. As a student in BUMP, your coursework will take you from the Boston waterfront, to the deck of a NOAA research vessel plying the waters of Massachusetts Bay, to the crystal clear waters along the MesoAmerican Barrier Reef.

5 Cummington Street, Room 431
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 358-4961
Fax: (617) 353-6340