Exploration Science

Master Of Professional Science

Exploration Science Degree Track

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 track 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.

For More Information Please Visit: http://exploration.miami.edu

Exploration Science (ESC)

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.

Plan of Study Grid

Total Credit Hours31-32
FallCredit Hours
RSM 600Research Diving Techniques (or ELECTIVE)3
RSM 667Motorboat Operator Certificate Course1-2
MES 664Citizen & Participatory Science3
MES 674From Gold to Glory : The Evolving History and Ethics of Exploration3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
SpringCredit Hours
MES 665Exploration Technology and Media3
MBE 621Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology (or ELECTIVE)3
MES 627Exploration Science Field Studies3
MES 672The Archaeology of Seafaring (or ELECTIVE)3
SummerCredit Hours
MES 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

Course List

CodeTitleCredit Hours
MES 606Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures3
MES 612Aquaculture I3
MBE 604Biology of Marine Mammals3
RSM 620Climate and Society3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 618Coastal Zone Management3
MES 620Environmental Law3
MES 604Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development3
MES 625Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management3
MES 671Marine Conservation Biology: An Ecosystem-Based Paradigm3
MBE 642Oceans and Human Health3
MES 601Political Ecology of Marine Management3
RSM 612Statistics for Environmental Management3
MBE 615Tropical Marine Ecology3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin