The following courses are offered through the Boston University Marine Program; the program’s required introductory course is ES 144 Oceanography.
As of Fall 2020, Earth & Environment courses have been recoded from “ES” and “GE” to “EE.”
EE 523 Marine Urban Ecology
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.
EE 539 Coral Reef Dynamics: Shallow Waters, Deep Time
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.
EE 543 Estuaries and Nearshore Systems
Undergraduate Prerequisite: EE 331 or EE 447 or EE 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.
EE 557 Oceanography of Stellwagen Bank & Surrounding Waters
Undergraduate Prerequisites: EE 144, and CH 101 and CH 102 (or CH 171 and CH 172); 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.
EE 578 Marine Geographic Information Science
Undergraduate Prerequisites: BI 260 and EE 144; M A213 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.
EE 591 Bio-Optical Oceanography
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.
EE 593 Marine Physiology & 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 EE 593.