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University of Rhode Island — Marine Affairs
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Description of the Major

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.