Prospective Students

Undergraduate Preparation

Students interested in pursuing graduate-level research in the marine or atmospheric sciences typically enter with a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field. A scholastic average of B or better for undergraduate courses is usually necessary. In addition to good grades and appropriate coursework and credentials, a deep level of enthusiasm and curiosity about the natural world are among the most important hallmarks of a successful graduate student.

Listed below are some informal guidelines on preparation for each of the graduate programs at the Rosenstiel School. Please note that these are not requirements, and we welcome applicants from a diverse array of disciplines.

The courses which should be taken if the student’s program can include them are printed in italic type.

The guidelines listed below are only for the MS and PhD degree programs. Requirements for the MPS program can be found here.

Atmospheric Sciences
Physics
Mechanics
Thermodynamics/Statistical Physics
Mathematics
Vector Calculus
Probability and Statistics
Chemistry
General Chemistry
Computer Science
Scientific Computing
Meteorology
Dynamic Meteorology
 
Marine Biology and Ecology
Students interested in Marine Biology and Ecology for graduate studies should have as background a bachelor's degree that emphasizes the biological sciences, not necessarily the marine sciences. Adequate undergraduate preparation are the types of courses generally used to satisfy the requirements for a bachelor's degree in Biology, thus most successful students have a bachelors' degree in Biology. Undergraduate coursework should include abundant biology electives as well as chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, and college physics. Other types of degrees are often successful, but require that you make contact with the professor you hope to study with to learn if your degree is appropriate for specific graduate work in Marine Biology and Ecology.
General Requirements
General Biology (one year)
Chemistry
   Inorganic (one year)
   Organic (one semester)
Physics (one year)
Calculus (one year)
Language (none)
Biological Science (all courses recommended only)
Genetics/Molecular Biology
General Physiology/Cell Biology
Ecology/Population Biology/Evolutionary
Biology
Organismic Biology

Vertebrate or Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Ecosystems and Society
There are no specific requirements for the Marine Ecosystems and Society graduate program. Please contact the department for information on academic requirements.
Marine Geosciences
Geology
Physical Geology
Mineralogy
Petrology
Paleontology
Structural Geology
Field Geology
Stratigraphy
Sedimentation
Mathematics
Calculus
Differential Equations
Linear Algebra
Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Qualitative Analysis
Physics
General Physics
Thermodynamics
Modern Physics
Biology
General Biology
 
Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
Physics
Mechanics
Thermodynamics
Electromagnetism
Fluid Dynamics
Mathematics
Advanced Calculus
Partial Differential Equations
Linear Algebra
Complex Variables
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Methods
Computer Science
Introduction to Programming
Scientific Computing
Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry
Meteorology
Dynamic Meteorology

 

Engineering
Heat Transfer
Fluid Mechanics/Hydrodynamics

Signal Processing
Ocean Sciences
Preparation for Students in Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing and Ocean Dynamics:

Mathematics: Vector Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Complex Variables, Numerical Methods
Physics: Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism
Chemistry: General Chemistry
Computer Science: Scientific Programming
Engineering: Fluid Mechanics, Signal Processing

Preparation for Students in Biophysical Interactions:

Mathematics: Vector Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics
Physics: Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism
Chemistry: General Chemistry
Biology: General Biology and some specialized biology courses
Computer Science: Scientific Programming
Engineering: Fluid Mechanics

Preparation for Students in Marine Biogeochemistry, including Biological and Chemical Oceanography :

Biology or chemistry majors with some earth science/oceanography coursework and research experience, as well as earth science/oceanography majors with strong chemistry, biology, and math coursework.