Master of Professional Science

Exploration Science

Exploration Science is the applied practice and study of field research using a variety of methods, technologies, and approaches to drive question-based scientific endeavors.  This field fosters scientific inquiry and the application of expedition skills within a context that acknowledges the cultural and ethical implications of exploration.

As scientific endeavors become more specialized, many projects require hundreds of hours of hands-on research. Exploration Science combines scientific research theory and field skills with an outreach and educational platform that allows the general public, young and old, to join University of Miami research scientists for experiential and virtual expeditions in ecological, oceanographic, aviation and diving research. 

Utilizing new technologies to engage and educate the public, Exploration Science students will be involved in citizen science project design, exploration technology applications, and field-based skills training, while receiving essential background information on the history, ethics and risks related to exploration.  Students will be able to tailor their degree to best fit their interests and goals and will be prepared to lead and conduct professional exploration initiatives and expeditions in a variety of environments. 

This new degree program is being offered at RSMAS in partnership with UM's Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.  The Abess Center fosters innovative, interdisciplinary initiatives that bridge the gap between science and environmental policy.

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Sample Curriculum

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Research Diving (RSM 500) and Boat Handling (RSM 567) Exploration Technology and Media (MAF)
Citizen and Participatory Science (MAF 579) Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology (MBF 521)/Or ELECTIVE
Gold and Glory: Ethics of Exploration (MAF 578) Environmental Policy and the Environmental Impact Statement (MAF 510)/Or ELECTIVE
Introduction to Marine GIS (MAF 560) + Marine GIS Lab (MAF 561)/Or ELECTIVE Spatial Analysis – Intermediate Marine GIS (MAF 562)/Or ELECTIVE


Other Electives:

Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures (MAF 501)
Advanced Biometrics in Marine Science (MBF 615)

Advanced Underwater Acoustics (AMP 672)

Aquaculture Management (MAF 512)
Biology of Marine Mammals (MBF 504)
Biometrics in Marine Science (MBF 508)
Climate and Society (RSM 520)
Coastal Law (MAF 620)
Coastal Zone Management (MAF 518)
Environmental Law (MAF 520)
Fieldwork in Coastal Management (MAF 504)
Fisheries Ecosystems: Management and Conservation (MBF 571)
Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management (MAF 525)
Interdisciplinary Environmental Decision Analysis (ECS 507)
Interdisciplinary Environmental Methods (ECS 503)
Interdisciplinary Environmental Theory (ECS 501)
Marine Conservation Biology (MAF 576)
Oceans and Human Health (MBF 542)
Political Ecology of Marine Management (MAF 501)
Statistics for Environmental Management (RSM 512)
Tropical Marine Ecology (MBF 515)