Master of Professional Science

Marine Mammal Science

Advances in the care and conservation of marine mammals have progressed dramatically over the last decade with the development of a greater understanding of marine mammal biology, behavior, and physiology, as well as improved diagnostic and assessment tools and techniques. Students in this degree track will be part of one of the select programs in the nation designed to prepare them for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care. Coursework will integrate topics such as marine mammal medicine and pathology, medical diagnostics and laboratory analysis, population assessment and management, state and federal regulations, applied ocean acoustics, research, education, and applied behavior analysis. Students will have the opportunity to interact with medical, training, and research experts in our community, as well as conduct an internship at one of many marine mammal rehab, managed care, or research facilities. As part of the practical training incorporated into the Marine Mammal Science curriculum, most students will participate in mark-recapture surveys, public education, wild health assessments, behavior analysis and modification studies, clinical care and diagnostics, necropsies, and regional and national conferences.

Sample Curriculum

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Biology of Marine Mammals Marine Mammal Disease and Medicine
Research Diving (and Boat Handling) Marine Mammal Conservation and Management
Statistics for Environmental Management OR Biometrics in Marine Science Marine Population Surveys & Assessments OR Marine Population Biology & Modeling
Marine Mammal Behavior Analysis and Managed Care Introduction to Marine GIS + Marine GIS Lab

Other Electives:
Advanced Biometrics in Marine Science
Advanced Underwater Acoustics
Bayesian Statistics
Biometrics in Marine Science
Coastal Law and Policy
Environmental Law
Evolutionary Genetics
Global Environment and Politics
International Ocean Law
Introduction to Underwater Acoustics
Marine Population Dynamics
Ocean Policy, Development and Analysis
Physical Environment of Marine Organisms
Physiological and Biochemical Adaptations of Marine Organisms
Political Ecology of Marine Management
Population Modeling and Management