Human impacts on the environment are at the forefront of scientific, cultural, and political discourse. The separate biological and physical sciences are now becoming integrated in order to address the complexity of local, regional, and global environmental issues. The BS in Marine & Environmental Sciences (MES) provides students with both integration and specialization, addressing these challenges and participating in ground-breaking research.
Every sector of the job market wants college graduates who can think critically, solve problems and develop new ideas. Building on Foundational Studies, students grow these skills through the MES Major Studies which include an Integrated Core and prepare majors for the interdisciplinary nature of marine and environmental sciences. Students are encouraged to distinguish the degree by completing one or more MES concentrations as Self-Determined Studies. Concentrations include Marine Biology, Earth & Climate Science, Ecology, Fisheries Ecology, Aquarium & Husbandry Science, and Applied Math.
MES graduates are prepared with knowledge, skills, and methodologies for graduate study. They are also prepared to enter professional careers with private consulting firms, non-govermental organizations and public agencies at the state and federal levels.
As a graduate, a student will earn an Bachelor of Science degree with realized proficiency in APU’s Core Competencies:
- Effective Communication [EC]: Demonstrate the ability to get one’s point across in writing, presentations, and organizations in order to share information, teach others, and foster collaboration
- Critical Thinking [CT]: Demonstrate the ability to compute, analyze, make sense of information or data, and reach reasoned conclusions cognizant of possible bias or fallacies
- Cultural & Historical Perspective [CH]: Demonstrate the ability to effectively consider tradition and heritage in relation to decision-making in a world shaped by diverse cultures and abiding histories
- Scientific Inquiry [SI]: Demonstrate the ability to reach verifiable conclusions based on documented observations, findings, and recognized methods in order to know how things work in our world
- Ethical Engagement [EE]: Demonstrate ability to raise needed questions and apply ethical and effective problem-framing and problem-solving to make things better