Curriculum

  • The Department of Marine Affairs offers two degree options, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

    B.A. in Marine Affairs
    The primary objective of the B.A. program in marine affairs is to provide students with the social science background for the interdisciplinary analysis needed for effective marine and coastal management. Students will study and gain familiarity with issues confronting the policymaker and manager at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. In addition, students develop an understanding of the socio-economic, political, and legal effects of decisions and their societal and environmental implications. Subject areas in this major include: management of fisheries and marine ecosystems, coastal management, and maritime transportation and ports.

    Career Options: This major establishes a background for careers in the public or private sectors in a wide variety of marine-related fields. Typical areas of employment include positions in government agencies (federal, state, and local) concerned with coastal zone, environmental, or fisheries management and marine transportation. In the private sector, graduates secure positions in environmental consulting firms, marine insurance, public-interest non-governmental organizations, marinas, ports, and companies involved in shipping.

    The B.A. major provides a strong educational background for continued study in law-especially environmental, fishery, coastal zone, admiralty, and ocean law. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate and professional programs in environmental management, public administration, community planning, marine affairs, and related fields.

    B.S. in Marine Affairs
    The primary objective of the B.S. major in marine affairs is to educate students in the interdisciplinary analysis needed for effective marine and coastal management. Students will study and gain familiarity with issues confronting the policymaker and manager at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. In addition, students develop an understanding of the socioeconomic, political, and legal effects of decisions and their implications. Students in this program will obtain a stronger background in science and mathematics than those in the B.A. program. Specialty areas in this major include: fisheries and marine ecosystems, coastal management, maritime transportation and ports, and ocean policy.

    Career Options: This major establishes a background for careers in the public or private sectors in a wide variety of marine-related fields. Typical areas of employment include positions in government agencies (federal, state, and local) concerned with coastal zone, environmental, or fisheries management and in marine transportation. In the private sector, graduates secure positions in environmental consulting firms, marine insurance, public-interest nongovernmental organizations, marinas, ports, and companies involved in shipping. B.S. graduates have also found employment in jobs that require a degree in the life or natural sciences generally, such as positions in the pharmaceutical industry.

    The B.S. major provides a strong educational background for continued study in law-especially environmental, fishery, coastal zone, admiralty, and ocean law. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate and professional programs in environmental management, public administration, community planning, marine affairs, and related fields.

  • The courses listed on this page are not all required to complete your major requirements. All disciplines have specific required courses, as well as a selection of other classes you can choose to learn more about what you are truly passionate about. For a list of required courses for this discipline and how to fit them into your schedule, please see the Program Requirements and Semester Map.

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    200-Level Courses

     

    300-Level Courses

     

    400-Level Courses

     

  • minorStudents majoring in departments other than marine affairs may undertake a minor offered by the Department of Marine Affairs in coastal and marine policy. Transfer credit may not be used toward the minor. The minor consists of 18 credits of work in the Department of Marine Affairs, with a minimum average of 2.0 earned in MAF courses, and has the following requirements:

    Required Courses: (6 credits)

    • MAF 100 Human Use and Management of the Marine Environment
    • MAF 120 New England and the Sea

    Selected Courses: Select four of the following courses (12 credits), of which at least two courses must be at the 400 level:

    • MAF 220 Introduction to Marine and Coastal Law
    • MAF 312 The Politics of the Ocean
    • MAF 320 Shipping and Ports
    • MAF 330 World Fishing
    • MAF 410 Senior Seminar in Marine Affairs
    • MAF 413 Peoples of the Sea
    • MAF 415 Marine Pollution Policy
    • MAF 434 Introduction to Environmental Law
    • MAF 461 Coastal Zone Management
    • MAF 465 GIS Applications in Coastal and Marine Management
    • MAF 471 Island Ecosystem Management
    • MAF 472 Marine Recreation and Tourism Management Seminar
    • MAF 475 Human Responses to Coastal Hazards and Disasters
    • MAF 484 Environmental Analysis and Policy in Coastal Management
    • MAF 499 Directed Study

    Note: It is the student’s responsibility to complete the required “Intent to Minor” form for the College in which he/she is majoring no later than the start of the final semester at URI. That form, available from the Department of Marine Affairs, must show that the above requirements for the minor have been satisfied.

  • URI’s Honors Program

    • URI students in the honors course
      URI students in the honors course “Classroom without Borders” build houses for Habitat for Humanity in Alabama during spring break 2009.
      offers learning enrichment opportunities that will broaden and enhance your undergraduate educational experience;
    • features small classes with outstanding faculty and ample opportunities for research and in-depth study and with faculty mentors;
    • organizes a nationally renowned honors colloquium;
    • advises and supports students in national scholarship competitions;
    • advises students interested in graduate study in the health professions;
    • offers apartment-style housing; and
    • provides a warm and welcoming environment to all its members.