Marine Mammal Science

Master Of Professional Science

Marine Mammal Science Degree Track

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.

Marine Mammal Science (MMS)

Students in this program will prepare for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care. Please see our departmental web site for more information about this program.

Plan of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
MBE 604Biology of Marine Mammals3
RSM 612
or MES 608
Statistics for Environmental Management
or Biometrics in Marine Science
MES 670Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals 3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
MBE 605Marine Mammal Disease and Medicine 3
MES 645
or 646
Marine Population Assessment Surveys And Analysis
or Marine Population Biology Processes And Modeling
OCE 651Applied Ocean Acoustics and Marine Mammals (Applied Marine Mammal Acoustics) 3
MBE 632Marine Mammal Research Techniques (or ELECTIVE)3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
MBE 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Total Credit Hours30
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.

Additional Elective Options

CodeTitleCredit Hours
MBE 716Bayesian Statistics For Marine Scientists3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 620Environmental Law3
MBE 678Evolutionary Genetics3
POL 631Global Environment Politics3
MES 710International Ocean Law And Governance3
MES 616Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis3
RSM 710The Physical Environment of Marine Organisms3
MES 601Political Ecology of Marine Management3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin