The mission of the Boston University Marine Program (BUMP) is to provide outstanding education, training, and research in marine science. Therefore, we feature an interdisciplinary, hands on and research-oriented curriculum in Marine Science with courses and faculty from Biology, Earth Sciences, and Geography & Environment. In addition to offering rigorous and stimulating marine courses here on-campus in state-of-the-art facilities, we also offer field experiences and courseworkIn addition to offering rigorous and stimulating marine courses here on-campus, we also offer field experiences and coursework in Belize (Central America), the New England coastline, and at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
BUMP expansion and relocation
Since its inception in 1969, the Boston University Marine Program has been located at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and had largely focused on the field of marine biology. In 2008, BUMP finished its transition into an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the relationships between marine biology, biogeochemistry, physical oceanography, and marine geology in coastal and nearshore environments.
The program’s academic headquarters are now located on BU’s main campus along the Charles River in Boston.
The expansion of scientific breadth has been accompanied by a parallel increase in the opportunities available to students, including an array of new on- and off-campus courses and the foundation of Academic Partnerships with leading oceanographic institutions.