Courses offered through the Boston University Marine Program

GE 523 Marine Urban Ecology

Undergraduate Prerequisite: admission to BUMP.

Marine Urban Ecology is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how human and ecological processes can coexist in human-dominated systems. Topics, ecosystems, and organisms associated with urbanization in the Greater Boston area.

ES 539 Coral Reef Dynamics: Shallow Waters, Deep Time

Undergraduate Prerequisite: admission to BUMP.

Tropical reefs– diverse, complex, and ancient– exhibit lawful cycles of growth, degradation, and regeneration. Explore these through observations on the Belize Barrier Reef in fossil reef environments and through laboratory experiments. Insights are applied to reef conservation in today’s changing world. Also offered as BI 539.

ES 543 Estuaries and Nearshore Systems

Undergraduate Prerequisite: ES 331 or ES 440 or ES 541.

Physical and ecological processes interacting in estuarine and nearshore environments, including salt marshes, beaches, lagoons, deltas, and in wave- and tide-dominated regimes. Lectures complemented by extensive fieldwork orientated toward individual and group research projects.

ES 557 Oceanography of Stellwagen Bank and Surrounding Waters

Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to BUMP, and ES144, and CH101 and CH102 (or CH171 and CH172); or consent of instructor.

Nutrient distribution and physical oceanography of Stellwagen Bank and adjacent waters. Bathymetric influences and effects of ocean currents of biogeochemical parameters. Includes day-long cruises on NOAA research vessel.

GE 578 Marine Geographic Information Science

Undergraduate Prerequisites: BI 260 and ES 144; MA213 strongly recommended.

Introduction to marine geographic information systems and spatial analysis for conservation, management, and marine landscape ecology. Comparative examples from Gulf of Maine and tropics. Solve problems in coastal zoning and marine park design, whale and coral reef conservation. Meets with BI 578.

ES 591 Bio-optical Oceanography

Undergraduate Prerequisite: admission to BUMP.

This field- and lab-based course will explore how the optically active constituents in seawater affect the in-water light field, and in turn, how field optics and remote sensing can facilitate the study of marine biogeochemistry, biological oceanography and water quality.

ES 593 Marine Physiology and Climate Change

Undergraduate Prerequisite: BI 108.

This course explores the range of physiological responses marine organisms exhibit in response to climate change. We will investigate the phenotypic plasticity exhibited across different organisms and how this plasticity can influence an organism’s resilience to its changing environment. Meets with BI 593.