The Master of Science degree in Marine Sciences is awarded in recognition of the student's demonstrated ability to successfully complete a prescribed program of courses. It also is preferred that students undertake original scholarly research, which culminates in writing and defending an acceptable thesis. A minimum of thirty-two 32 semester hours of course credit beyond the baccalaureate degree is required for students pursuing an MS degree. Details about the curriculum are given as follows.
A maximum of eight 8 semester hours of graduate courses taken at another accredited university in the same or closely related subject as that of the masters program may be considered as part of the MS degree requirements at USA. Only grades of "A" or "B" may be accepted as transfer credits. The student's mentor major professor , in consultation with the Chair, and if necessary, the student's advisory committee, will evaluate transfer credit; the transfer credit is approved by the Dean of the Graduate School only after completion of a minimum of eight semester hours of graduate course work in the MS program in marine sciences at USA.
A minimum of two consecutive semesters of full-time study in residence is required.
Employment other than University activities directly associated with graduate study is not allowed during full-time study, unless specifically approved by the Chair. All requirements for the MS degree must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation.
A student who has not satisfactorily completed a M. This request must be recommended by a major professor, the Chair, the Director of Graduate Studies, and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. If the student does not complete the degree requirements in the defined extension period, the Director of Graduate Studies may recommend, and the Dean of the Graduate School may take, whatever action is necessary up to and including dismissal.
Failure to complete the work within the periods specified shall necessitate reevaluation of the student's program, and may result in a recommendation of dismissal by the Director of Graduate Studies to the Graduate Dean. A field of specialization is required of all candidates for the MS degree.
In addition, all students must have formal course work in at least three 3 of the following general areas of marine sciences; biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography. This requirement is normally met by completion of three of the four 4 core courses see below , representing twelve 12 credit hours.
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The four 4 core courses consist of four 4 semester hours each for a total of 16 semester hours in physical MAS , chemical MAS , geological MAS , and biological oceanography MAS , or equivalent transfer hours. Two 2 semester hours of seminar two, one 1 semester hour enrollments are required. The remaining course work will be determined by the student's advisory committee, but must include six 6 semester hours of marine sciences electives.
Although a thesis is not an absolute requirement, this program is oriented toward research, and students will be expected to demonstrate research capability, preferably through completion of an acceptable thesis. For students pursuing a thesis program, the MS degree program of study may include up to nine 9 hours of thesis credit toward the minimum requirements of thirty-two 32 semester hours. Students pursuing the MS degree in Marine Sciences are encouraged to follow the thesis option.
However, a non-thesis curriculum is available for students, upon agreement of the major professor and advisory committee, who so elect. The student will be required to complete the same degree requirements as those for a student who chooses the thesis option, with the following exceptions:.
This dominance means that oceans exert a major influence on atmospheric dynamics and terrestrial ecology. The societal and economic importance of healthy ocean ecosystems cannot be overstated or ignored. The Department of Marine Sciences welcomes qualified students who wish to better focus their academic training towards oceanography and marine biology.
The undergraduate minor in marine sciences is designed to complement many science and non-science majors offered at USA. Ocean-related science is relevant to many contemporary environmental issues and problems and central to understanding earth-system evolution, dynamics, climate and sustainability. The minor consists of courses and research opportunities offered primarily by faculty and researchers in the Department of Marine Sciences and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Requirements for a Minor in Marine Sciences include a minimum of 18 hours in Marine Sciences related classes. The Marine Science minor places a strong emphasis on a rigorous natural science foundation; thus, several of the upper division courses related to the minor have prerequisites. Students planning the minor should check catalog course descriptions carefully and should meet with advising staff in the Marine Science Program office. The Master of Science MS Program in marine sciences is designed to train and prepare superior students for a career in this field.
The marine sciences program offers courses and opportunities for research in four main areas: biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography. Each MS student receives formal training in at least three of these disciplines while concentrating in a specific research area. Thus, the program is structured to develop the capacity for productive and innovative research, founded on a solid background of broad scientific knowledge.
The requirements and procedures that follow are specifically for the Department of Marine Sciences. However, the general rules and policies of the Graduate School also apply. Application before January 15 is encouraged; beginning February 1, the admission committee will make initial recommendations about applicants for the following Fall class, with formal letters sent to applicants by the end of April. Although students are normally admitted in the Fall Semester, depending on availability of space and funding, applications may be approved and students admitted throughout the year.
In addition to the general admissions requirements of the Graduate School, minimal requirements for admission in full standing to the Marine Sciences MS Program are:. Assessment of credentials will be supplemented by evaluation of letters of recommendation and the educational background of the student.
Foreign applicants will be required to pass the TOEFL exam with a score of or greater, or equivalent score on computer administered tests. To insure compatibility between the student's research interests and the faculty expertise in the Marine Sciences Department, particular attention will be given to the statements of research interests.
A faculty member will be asked to act as a "mentor" for the applicant based on the statement of interest and, if necessary, a personal interview. Major area courses are ME and ME cross-listed courses.
Three hours of approved coursework in a closely allied area may be used as a major area course. A minimum of 6 hours of mathematics. A minimum of 6 hours of ME thesis research hours and an approved thesis. A minimum of 18 semester hours in the major area at or above the level. Six hours of approved coursework in a closely allied area may be used as a major area course. Pass a comprehensive exam. This degree may be completed by distance.
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