Boston University Marine Program (BUMP)
The Boston University Marine Program offers a rigorous interdisciplinary education in marine science that encompasses coursework and experimental training in biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography as well as marine spatial analysis and conservation. Both a major and a minor are offered in Marine Science.
The Marine Science major provides a strong foundation in math and science via eight required courses in chemistry, biology, physics, calculus, and statistics. Additionally, all majors are required to take Oceanography (CAS ES 144) as well as three “marine breadth” courses and the Marine Semester. Whether a student’s interests lie in biodiversity, evolution, biomechanics, genomics, physiology, behavior, oceanography, environmental studies, geological processes, urban coastal development, or sustainability, Marine Science has something to offer.
The BA in Marine Science prepares graduates for marine-related positions in commercial, educational, governmental, and nonprofit organizations and for admission to graduate school in a range of fields (e.g., environmental science and policy, marine biology, oceanography, etc.).
The Marine Semester is open to Marine Science majors, minors, visiting students, and other students with an interest in pursuing Marine Science. The semester consists of four monthlong research-based courses chosen from a slate of nine or more diverse offerings that are taught in the manner of research internships. With guidance from their instructors, students develop testable hypotheses, 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 transport 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.
In addition to studying in Belize as part of the Marine Semester, many Marine Science majors choose a complimentary study abroad experience. Boston University’s Study Abroad programs offer several educational opportunities for students pursuing study in marine science and related fields.
BU’s Marine Science Association (MSA) brings together students to discuss marine-related topics and volunteer around the Boston area. We create a community for marine science majors and marine science enthusiasts on campus. Connect with them via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
Marine Science majors are well prepared to go into medical or veterinary school. Additional courses should be discussed with a faculty advisor and the College of Arts & Sciences Preprofessional Advising office.