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Marine Science- Physical Marine Sciences Concentration

College or University: University of Maine

Type of degree: B.S.

Brief overview of program: The B.S. in Marine Science offers excellent preparation for a broad range of careers and a solid foundation for entry into graduate programs. Students receive an interdisciplinary education in marine sciences and specialize in either Marine Biology or Physical Marine Sciences (oceanography). B.S. students in their junior or senior year are encouraged to participate in the Semester-by-the-Sea program at the Darling Marine Center. Students also conduct independent research projects under the supervision of University faculty as a "capstone" experience. Students from CT and VT who major in marine sciences at the University of Maine may qualify for reduced tuition through the New England Regional Student Program.

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Number of students enrolled in 2007: 130

Where do most of the students go upon graduating or leaving the program?
Continue Education: 30% | Enter Workforce: 50% | Do not know: 20%

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    Prof. David Townsend with first-year Marine Science majors on the R/V Ira C. at the Darling Marine Center, UMaine. (Photo by Prof. William Ellis)

Description of Facilities: The Darling Marine Center ( is the marine laboratory of the University of Maine and the site of world renowned marine research. Located in the small town of Walpole, 60 miles northeast of Portland and 100 miles south of the University's Orono campus, the DMC functions year round to support UMaine faculty and students, as well as visiting investigators from across the country and around the world. DMC faculty belong to the University of Maine's School of Marine Sciences where over 50 faculty represent the largest group of marine scientists in Maine. Current research directions at the DMC include: invertebrate biology invertebrate taxonomy marine ecology deep-sea biology optical oceanography phytoplankton physiology remote sensing microbial ecology biogeochemistry marine archaeology shellfish aquaculture The Darling Marine Center has a fleet of small boats for sampling and SCUBA related research. Our coastal research vessel is the 42' Ira C. The Ira C. is equipped with an eleven foot articulating A-frame, extensive sampling gear, and can carry up to 24 students. The DMC has a cascade system for filling SCUBA tanks and a full-time dive safety officer. AAUS standards are followed a the DMC. The Darling Marine Center is also where we offer our in-residence Semester-by-the-Sea program (

Program Point of Contact: Dr. William Ellis


Department: School of Marine Sciences

Institution address: University of Maine 360 Aubert Hall
                             Orono,ME 04469-5706

Phone: 207-581-4360


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