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Course List

Below is a current listing of course offerings at the School of Marine Science & Technology (SMAST). 

For complete course descriptions, please view the UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog, and select the "Display courses by Institution" link at the bottom of the page‌.


Spring 2017 Course Offerings

MAR 105: Introductory Ocean Science

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Online
Instructor: M. Sundermeyer


MAR 115: Introduction to Climate Sciences

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 2:00-3:15 pm; SENG-114
Instructor: A. Gangopadhyay


MAR 510: Introduction to Chemical Oceanography*

Description: Throughout much of the course an interdisciplinary approach is taken and pertinent material on the interaction between ocean chemistry and marine physics, biology, and geology will be presented. Whenever possible, the results of recent studies will be incorporated into class material and the last few class periods are devoted to special topics.

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 4:00-5:15 pm; SMAST I, Rm 204
Instructor: M. Altabet


MAR 520: Thesis Proposal Development

Desscription: Guides graduate student preparation of an acceptable master’s thesis or PhD dissertation proposal in a series of papers and in-class oral presentations. Students work with a thesis advisor and committee within a framework defined by the instructor to define a thesis problem in terms of relevant literature and design a research plan, including a support budget. In the process, students are expected to improve their skills in literature research, writing, and oral presentations.

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 1:00-2:15 pm; SMAST I, Rm 204
Instructor: W. Brown


MAR 530: Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management

Description: Discussion and lectures highlighting the theory, challenges, and approaches for implementing Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management (EBFM). The course will examine the history and background of fisheries management, leading to why more holistic approaches are being considered. A series of operational methods being used to implement EBFM, emphasizing technical efforts and models, will be reviewed. The role of institutional structures and societal considerations in decision-making will be explored to identify situations where EBFM can be successful. The course will emphasize current literature and case studies as main learning elements.

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Fri; 10:30 am-1:00 pm; SMAST II, Rm 157
Instructor: G. Fay


MAR 536: Biological Statistics II

Description: Student-led learning in statistical analysis of ecological data. This course provides guided learning in advanced statistical analysis, as applied to ecological research and other fields of marine science. Advanced concepts in probability, hypothesis testing, and estimation will be presented by students, including analyses of example data sets and problems. Students will be required to learn selected methods independently, present topics to the class that are relevant to their graduate research and complete a class project. A computer lab, focused on introductory and intermediate programming and analysis using R, will be held for the first half of the semester.

Credits: 4 credits
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs - Lecture, 10:30-11:45 am; SMAST II, Rm 157 and Wed - Lab, 10:30 am-12:30 pm; SMAST II, Rm 157
Instructor: S. Cadrin, G. Fay


MAR 545/BIO 545: Biological Oceanography

Description: The cycle of productivity in the marine environment and the physiological and morphological adaptations of plant, animal and bacterial populations within various oceanic regions. Interrelationships of the plankton, the nekton, and the benthos are stressed. BIO 545

Credits: 4 credits
Date/Time/Place: Mon/Wed/Fri - Lecture, 9:00-9:50 am; SENG 318 and Mon - Lab, 2:00-4:45 pm; SENG 318   
Instructor: J. Turner


MAR 580: Special Topics in Fisheries Oceanography: Quantitative Workshops in Fishery and Ecosystem Science

Credits: 1 credit

Date/Time/Place:
Mon; 10:30 am-12:30 pm, SMAST I, Rm. 325

Instructor: G. Fay


MAR 610: Ocean Turbulence

Description: Prereq: MAR 555 or advanced undergraduate fluid dynamics course.

Lecture: 3 hours per week. Fundamental fluid dynamics underpinning ocean turbulence theory. Emphasis is placed on both a mathematical and physical understanding of turbulence and considerable time is spent on classical turbulence theory and its application to ocean processes. Random variables and their quantification are introduced, as are dimensional scaling and analysis and non-dimensional quantities such as the Reynolds, Richardson and Prandtl number. Other course emphases include exchange of energy between the mean flow and turbulent field, turbulent diffusion, modern data analysis techniques and recent observations and newly emerging observational tools and techniques.

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Tues; 12:30-1:45 pm; Location-TBA
Instructor: D. MacDonald


MAR 599/MNE 490: Special Topic: Fundamentals of Flight

Description: An advanced treatment of a special topic in specific areas of marine sciences and technology with an emphasis on recent developments. The subject matter varies according to the interests of the instructor and the students.

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 9:30-10:45 am
Instructor: G. Cowles


MAR 700-01: Graduate Seminar, Estuarine and Ocean Sciences

Description: Seminar discussions and presentations based on research or detailed literature surveys.

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Wed; 12:30-1:30 pm; SMAST I, Rm 204; Simulcast-SMAST II, 325
Instructor: A. Gangopadhyay


MAR 700-02: Graduate Seminar, Fisheries Oceanography

Description: Seminar discussions and presentations based on research or detailed literature surveys.

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Wed; 3:30-4:30 pm; SMAST II, Rm 157; Simulcast-SMAST I, 204
Instructor: S. Cadrin


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