The Boston University Marine Program provides a rigorous interdisciplinary education in marine science. Our curriculum encompasses the biological, chemical, geological, physical, and spatial dynamics of marine systems. All Marine Science majors and minors complete two introductory courses, three Marine Breadth courses, and 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 our graduates for top jobs in marine science and for positions in elite graduate programs. In Fall 2020, we marked the 35th anniversary of the Marine Semester.

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 BU Marine Program includes courses and faculty from both Biology and Earth & Environment . Coursework for the program will take students from the Boston waterfront to the deck of a NOAA research vessel plying the waters of Massachusetts Bay, from New England’s urban wetlands to the crystal clear waters along the MesoAmerican Barrier Reef.