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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

Special University Programs

Marine Sciences

Professor: Kenneth C. Baldwin, Wayne R. Fagerberg, Larry G. Harris, W. Huntting Howell, Aaron B. Margolin, Arthur C. Mathieson, Larry A. Mayer, Subhash C. Minocha, Christopher D. Neefus, Andrew A. Rosenberg, Stacia A. Sower, Paul C. Tsang, Charles W. Walker, Colin Ware, Winsor H. Watson III
Research Professor: Janet W. Campbell, Christopher W. Glass, Raymond E. Grizzle, Michael P. Lesser, Frederick T. Short
Affiliate Professor: Andrew Armstrong
Associate Professor: Mimi Larsen Becker, David L. Berlinsky, Jessica A. Bolker, Allen D. Drake, Anita S. Klein, James M. Pringle, Robert A. Robertson
Research Associate Professor: Lee Alexander, David M. Burdick, Brian R. Calder, Stephen H. Jones, Yuri Rzhanov, Douglas C. Vandemark, Cameron P. Wake, Larry G. Ward
Assistant Professor: Joel E. Johnson, Linda Kalnejais
Research Assistant Professor: Gregg E. Moore, Thomas Weber
Clinical Professor: Elise R. Sullivan
Extension Associate Professor: Julia M. Peterson
Extension Assistant Professor: Kenneth J. La Valley

Undergraduate programs in marine science and ocean engineering at the University of New Hampshire reflect the diversity of the ocean itself and are enriched by easy access to a variety of natural laboratories, including tidal rivers, estuaries, coastal areas, and the open ocean.

Studies in marine science and ocean engineering are offered through various departments of the University. Students identify the discipline (ranging from zoology through earth sciences to mechanical engineering) they like best and pursue marine specializations related to that area of study. Studies can take place in research laboratories on campus as well as at various field stations or aboard UNH research vessels.

Marine Program
The Marine Program provides a campus-wide umbrella for marine activities and maintains specialized facilities to support efforts of faculty in individual departments and organized research units. Academic programs are focused broadly on marine biology, ocean engineering, and ocean science, and the Marine Program supports experiential learning opportunities beyond the formal classroom through three centers: the Center for Marine Biology, the Center for Ocean Engineering, and the Center for Ocean Sciences.

Estuarine research is pursued at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory on Great Bay, which is designated a National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Coastal Marine Laboratory, a major running-seawater facility, is located in nearby Newcastle. Research on salmonids and other freshwater animals is conducted at the Anadromous Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Research Laboratory, located near the Durham reservoir. The Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space is a major center for ocean sciences research. The on-campus Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory houses both educational and research activities. Off-shore and coastal studies are carried out aboard the University’s 50-foot research vessel, the Gulf Challenger. During the summer, students may live and study at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, one of the Isles of Shoals. There, UNH and Cornell University cooperatively offer undergraduate courses in marine sciences in a summer field laboratory setting. Each of the marine program facilities features modern, specialized equipment and opportunities for undergraduate students to work and carry out independent research.

Curricula in the Marine Sciences
There are currently two undergraduate majors and four minors in the marine sciences. The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture offers a B.S. in Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Biology and the Department of Earth Sciences offers an option in oceanography as part of its B.A. Earth Sciences program. In addition to these offerings, students can declare a major in any established discipline and augment it with a minor in marine biology, ocean engineering, oceanography, or wetland ecology.

Students are encouraged to declare their intention to follow these programs as soon as possible.

Marine Biology Minor
See College of Life Sciences and Agriculture Interdisciplinary Programs-Marine Biology at

Ocean Engineering Minor
The ocean engineering minor allows undergraduate engineering students to acquire a nucleus of knowledge about engineering pertaining to the ocean and the coastal zone.

To meet the University minor requirement, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of five courses from the following list: ESCI 501, Introduction to Oceanography; OE 690, Introduction to Ocean Engineering; ESCI 752, Chemical Oceanography; ESCI 758, Introductory Physical Oceanography; ESCI 759, Geological Oceanography; OE 710, Ocean Measurements Lab; OE 744, Corrosion; OE 745, Environmental Acoustics I;  OE 754, Ocean Waves and Tides; OE 756, Principles of Naval Architecture and Model Testing; OE 770, Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping; OE 771, Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping; OE 785, Environmental Acoustics II; OE 795, Special Topics in Ocean Engineering; ENE 747, Introduction to Marine Pollution and Control; OE 757, Coastal Engineering and Processes; and TECH 797, Undergraduate Ocean Research Program. Ordinarily, students typically take ESCI 501, TECH 797, and OE 690 plus two additional engineering courses from the above list to complete the minor.

Students wishing to take the ocean engineering minor should indicate their interest to the ocean engineering minor adviser, Kenneth C. Baldwin, (603) 862-1898, Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, no later than the beginning of the junior year. During the final semester, students must apply to the dean to have the minor shown on their transcript.

Oceanography Minor
The minor in oceanography is available to all students in the University interested in obtaining a broad background in oceanography and is offered through the Department of Earth Sciences. The minor consists of a minimum of five courses with grades of C (2.0) or better and no pass/fail courses. No more than 8 major requirement credits may be used. All courses in the program are selected in consultation with the oceanography minor adviser, James Pringle, (603) 862-5000, Department of Earth Sciences.

Required courses include 1) ESCI 501, Introduction to Oceanography; 2) two of the following courses: ESCI 750, Biological Oceanography; ESCI 752, Chemical Oceanography; ESCI 758, Introductory Physical Oceanography; or ESCI 759, Geological Oceanography; 3) any two of the following courses, or a suitable substitute approved by the minor adviser (at least one of these courses should be in the biological sciences): PBIO 625, 722; CIE 757; ENE 747, 753; ESCI 653, 658, 754, 756, 760, 770, 771; MICR 707; OE 690, 710, 753, 754, 757, 785; EREC 611; TECH 797; ZOOL 503, 560, 674, 720, 725, 730, 751, 753, 772, 775; or ZOOL/ESCI/750.

Students are encouraged to declare their intention to minor in oceanography before the end of the junior year. During the final semester, students should apply to the dean to have the minor shown on their transcript.

Shoals Marine Laboratory
The University of New Hampshire, in cooperation with Cornell University, offers a summer field program in marine sciences on Appledore Island at the Isles of Shoals. Undergraduate courses introduce students to a broad array of marine sciences, including marine biology, field ecology, and marine organisms. The four-week, 8-credit general courses, Field Marine Science (ZOOL 674) and Field Marine Biology and Ecology (ZOOL 675), are offered every summer. They draw upon the backgrounds of numerous faculty and others associated with marine science and fisheries. There are daily lectures and work in laboratory and field. The courses are graded on a letter-grade basis; at least one full year of college biology or the equivalent is a prerequisite.  There are a variety of opportunities for undergraduate research at SML, including both credit courses and paid internships.

Other credit courses  offered include  marine botany, invertebrate zoology, experimental ecology, ornithology, animal behavior, fish ecology, courses on lobsters and sharks, marine vertebrates, underwater research, and biological illustration. SML courses can be used to fulfill requirements in various biology-related UNH major curricula.  SML courses may be taken for Honors credit by UNH students with permission.

Shoals offers financial aid to UNH students (outside of the normal UNH financial aid packages). For further information, contact Jessica Bolker at (603) 862-0071, or e-mail, Department of Biological Sciences.

Diving Program
UNH has maintained an active research diving program for the past 36 years to provide assistance for faculty, staff, and students with both instruction and support for research diving, allowing many certified student divers to participate in University-sponsored underwater research projects. Today the UNH Diving Program consists of two areas: the academic portion where students, faculty, and staff may enroll in courses for academic credit (through the Department of Kinesiology), and the research portion, which supports faculty and student divers in University-sponsored underwater projects.

For further information about the UNH Diving Program as well as the offered workshops in rescue diving and diving accident management, contact Liz Kintzing (, diving program officer, through the Diving Program Office at (603) 862-3896.

Marine Research
There are many opportunities for undergraduates to participate in marine research under the supervision of UNH faculty.

The University has a Sea Grant College Program that supports research, teaching, and service projects through numerous partnerships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Marine research projects are also supported through the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Naval Research, and other state and federal agencies, foundations and private donors.

Extensive research, interdisciplinary academic programs, and the extraordinary variety of marine environments and facilities allow students to observe and learn about the frontiers of science and technology being explored in the ocean. For further information about marine opportunities, contact the Marine Program Office in the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory or through the Marine Program Web site at

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