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Marine Science Graduate Program

The Marine Science Program of Study

Recomended Program of Study for Marine Science

First Year

Semester I Semester II
MARS 500 (2)
MARS 510 or 511 (4)
Elective (3)
MARS 501 (3)
MARS 512 or 513 (4)
MARS 596 (2)

Second Year

Semester I Semester II
MARS 520 (3)
MARS 596 (6)
MARS or 513 (4)
MARS 596 (4)
MARS 597 (1)

Requirements for the Degree

I. Course work (23 units)

MARS 500 – Core Seminar I (2)
MARS 501 – Core Seminar II (3)
MARS 520 – Statistics (3)
Graduate Elective (3)

Three of:
MARS 510 – Oceanography I (4)*
MARS 511 – Oceanography II (4)*
MARS 512 - Oceanography III (4)*
MARS 513 - Oceanography IV (4)*

*Depending on student’s previous course work, one or more of the MARS 510-513 series may be waived.

II. Thesis (minimum 9 units)

MARS 596 – Research (0.5*-6)
A maximum of 12 units may count toward degree

MARS 597 – Thesis (0.5*-1)
A minimum of 1 unit must be applied toward degree

*Students may take these courses for 0.5 unit only after they have completed 32 units in the graduate program.

III. Electives or Additional Research (4 units)

Four additional units, consisting of elective courses (approved by thesis chair), Research (MARS 596), or a combination.

IV. Minimum Units

The minimum number of units required for graduation is 32; however, if three courses from the MARS 510-513 series is taken, the total units will add to 36. A thesis committee of at least three members will be established during the second semester of enrollment. It will consist of at least one full-time USD faculty member and may include members from an approved outside institutions. The entire thesis committee will meet with the student semi-annually to assess progress and give advice. Following approval of the thesis proposal by both the thesis chair and the graduate director, and satisfaction of any deficiencies noted at the time of admission to the program, the student will be recommended for candidacy by the thesis committee.. Adequate progress will need to be made to maintain candidacy (see candidacy policy available from the graduate director). Additional courses related to the student’s area may be required by the thesis chair (see also Thesis, page 68). All students must be enrolled for at least 1 unit to remain active in the program. Students who have completed all program requirements except MARS 597 (Thesis) , including all required courses, may enroll in 0.5 unit to remain active in the program.