The following Learning Outcomes are what we expect a student to know and to be able to do as a result of graduating with a major in marine sciences from SSU. Graduates will:
- Be ocean literate. Ocean literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. An oceanliterate person understands the essential principles and fundamental concepts, can communicate about the oceans in a meaningful way, and is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the oceans and its resources.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge in the sciences, oceanography and marine biology.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify marine science questions and problems; use critical thinking, research, and analytical skills to solve them; and effectively communicate the results using research report and oral presentation formats.
- Have marine sciences relevant and appropriate quantitative and analytical skills and tools.
These objectives are met through rigorous course work including laboratories and boat-based instruction; academic advisement and mentoring; and opportunities to engage in original research.
Facilities include multiple research laboratories, 2 wet-laboratories, 2 docks, and multiple boats (up to a 36-foot twin diesel). Both marine science buildings are adjacent to estuarine salt marsh and a tidal creek, providing exceptional opportunity for hands-on marine science instruction.
A grade of “C” or better is required in all science and math courses required for the degree.