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  • B.S. in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy


    The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy is a multidisciplinary program in which students gain a solid foundation in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, together with environmental policy and natural resource conservation and management. Students also have a choice of guided electives to provide a personal focus in the program.

    Specifically, the B.S. in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy is designed to:

    • Give students an understanding of the biological, chemical, and physical sciences and their application to environmental problems.
    • Introduce students to the scientific method and how it applies to understanding particular biological phenomena, as well as developing solutions to specific problems.
    • Provide a curriculum that incorporates appropriate social sciences with marine and environmental biology to enable students to better understand the foundations of marine and environmental policy.
    • Acquaint students with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how this powerful tool can manipulate geographic and natural resource information.
    • Enable upper-level undergraduate students to study relevant environmental issues by identifying research problems, collecting and analyzing pertinent data, and synthesizing the information into a useful format.
    • Demonstrate that undergraduate students can be actively involved in research and contribute to the fields of marine and environmental science or policy.
    • Produce graduates that have the skills to solve both current and future environmental problems.
    • Prepare students for a professional career in the fields of marine and environmental science and policy with local, state, and federal agencies, private planning and consulting firms, and non-profit organizations.
    • Prepare students to enter graduate programs in marine science, environmental science, or marine and environmental policy.



    Monmouth University offers students access to fully equipped classrooms and teaching laboratories during their studies. These facilities are complemented by an array of state-of-the art sampling equipment, small research vessels, and undergraduate faculty research laboratories where students gain hands-on experience in applied science by participating in faculty-sponsored research projects such as:

    • Characterization and assessment of fish and invertebrate communities in local streams, lakes and estuaries.
    • Monitoring and identification of pollutants entering local waterways.
    • Assessments of the impacts of land and water use on natural resources.
    • Development and implementation of restoration strategies for degraded coastal ecosystems.

    Students also participate in collaborative research projects with other colleges and universities, government agencies, community and civic organizations, and environmental organizations through the University’s Urban Coast Institute and our affiliation with institutions such as the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium and the Cape Eleuthera Institute.



    All undergraduate programs at Monmouth University include Experiential Education as part of the requirements for graduation. Experiential Education links career-related experience with classroom learning. Examples of available experiential education opportunities for students enrolling in the B.S. in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy include:

    • NJ Division Of Fish And Wildlife
    • Endangered And Nongame Species Program
    • Endangered Species – Beach Nesting Bird Intern
    • Paid summer internship
    • Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission
    • Vernon Churchill Memorial Internship In Public Health Entomology
    • Paid summer internship
    • New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium
    • Marine Science Educator
    • Paid internship
    • Rutgers Cooperative Extension Of Monmouth County
    • Watershed Management Assistant – Monmouth Coastal Watersheds Partnership
    • Surfrider Foundation – Jersey Shore Chapter
    • Student Researcher
    • Jenkinsons Aquarium
    • Marine Education Docent

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