Marine Policy (Minor)

Marine Policy (Minor)
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What is marine policy?

Marine policy (also referred to as coastal or ocean policy) is a field of study and practice focused on public policy and governance as it relates to marine, ocean, and coastal resources. Effective management of human activities in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes areas is critical to our future,which includes the setting of public policy as it relates to these systems.Combine this minor with a major such as ocean engineering, biology, wildlife conservation, environmental conservation and sustainability, political science, or others to enhance your career opportunities or prepare for graduate study in science, management, law, or policy.

Why study marine policy at UNH?

Students at UNH have access to world-class, state-of-the-art marine and coastal research facilities and platforms with hands-on learning opportunities through the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, coupled with extensive partner networks with federal, state, and local governments. Located in the New Hampshire Seacoast region, UNH is the perfect place to study marine policy. Through pertinent coursework and internship opportunities, students are able to gain exceptional experience in marine science and policy.

Potential career areas

  • Natural resource management
  • Non-profit science policy and advocacy
  • Government scientist/researcher (federal/state)
  • University teaching/research
  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental law
  • Maritime law and policy
  • Marine technology development
  • Marine renewable energy development
  • Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • Coastal zone management

Curriculum & Requirements

Effective management of human activities in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes areas is critical to our future.Effective management of human activities in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes areas is critical to our future.

For more information contact Professor, Gregg Moore, (603)862-5138.

  1. The minor requires five courses for a total of 20 credits.
  2. Minimum of C- grade earned in each course.
  3. No more than 8 credits in the Major can be counted toward the minor.
Required Courses
MARI 705Introduction to Marine Policy: Understanding US Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Policy3
Select two courses from the following:
CEE 520Environmental Pollution and Protection: A Global Context4
CEE 705Introduction to Sustainable Engineering3
MEFB 702Sustainable Marine Fisheries4
NR 437Principles of Sustainability4
NR 602Natural Resources and Environmental Policy4
NR 720International Environmental Politics and Policies for the 21st Century4
NR 754Critical Issues in Sustainability: Sense of Place2
NR 786Leadership for Sustainability4
PHIL 450Environmental Ethics4
NUTR 730From Seed to Sea: Examining Sustainable Food Systems4
POLT 444Politics and Policy in a Warming World4
Select at least one course from the following:
ESCI 501Introduction to Oceanography4
ESCI 502Beaches and Coasts4
MEFB 503Introduction to Marine Biology4
MEFB 535Marine Mammal Biology4
MEFB 590Coastlines in Crisis4
MEFB 674Ecology and Marine Environment4
MEFB #725Marine Ecology4
Additional approved courses:
ME 706Renewable Energy: Physical and Engineering Principles3
NR 403Introduction to Environmental Science4
NR 435Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness4
NR 784Sustainable Living - Global Perspectives4
NR 785Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions4
NR 795Investigations1-4
POLT #751Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy4
SOC 565Environment and Society4
SOC 665Environmental Sociology4