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Course List

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

Any eligible student, in consultation with his/her advisor, may register for research credits under MAR 600: Master's Thesis Research, MAR 603: Pre-dissertation Research (before Comprehensive Exam), or MAR 701: Doctoral Dissertation Research (after Comprehensive Exam), which are offered every semester.

SMAST West is located at 706 S. Rodney French Blvd. SMAST East is located at 836 S. Rodney French Blvd. 

For complete course descriptions, please view the UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog.

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

MAR 105: Introductory Ocean Science Online Course

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

MAR 115: Introduction to Climate

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

MAR 510: Introduction to Chemical Oceanography

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 4:00-5:15 pm (distance learning)
Instructor: M. Altabet

MAR 520: Thesis Proposal Development

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 1:00-2:15 pm; SMAST East, Rm 103
Instructor: W. Brown

MAR 536: Biological Statistics II

Credits: 4 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs, 10:30-11:45 am, Lecture, SMAST East, Rm 247; Wed, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Lab, SMAST East, Rm 247
Instructor: G. Fay

MAR 545 / BIO 545: Biological Oceanography

Credits: 4 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Mon/Wed/Fri, 9:00-10:00 am, Lecture, SENG, Rm 318; Mon. 2:00-5:00 pm, Lab, SENG, Rm 318

Instructor: J. Turner

MAR 558 / CEN 446: Waves and Tides

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 9:30-10:45 am; Location TBA
Instructor: D. MacDonald

MAR 580: Special Topic in Fisheries Oceanography: Field Methods for Fisheries Research     

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Thurs; 9:30 am-12:00 pm; SMAST East, Rm 142
Instructor: S. Cadrin and N.D. Bethoney

MAR 580: Special Topic in Fisheries Oceanography: Models for Marine Ecosystem-Based Management    

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Fri; 10:30 am-1:00 pm; Lecture and lab; SMAST East, Rm 247
Instructor: G. Fay

MAR 580: Specials Topic in Fisheries Oceanography: Conservation in World Marine Capture Fisheries

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Tues; 12:30-3:00 pm; SMAST East, Rm 102
Instructor: P. He

MAR 599: Special Topic: Aquatic Biogeochemical Particle Flux

Credits: 2 credits
Date/Time/Place: Day and time - TBA; Reading and discussion; SMAST West, Rm 218
Instructor: C. Pilskaln

MAR 620: Case Studies in Estuarine Dynamics

Credits: 4 credits
Date/Time/Place: Wed/Fri - Lecture from 4:00-5:15 pm; Fri - Lab from 1:00-4:00 pm; SMAST West, Rm 204
Instructors: B. Howes and M. Sundermeyer

MAR 622: Case Studies in Fisheries Science & Management: Stock Identification Methods

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 2:30-3:45 pm; SMAST East, Rm 101
Instructor: S. Cadrin

MAR 675: Scientific Writing

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 11:00 am-12:15 pm; SMAST East, Rm 132
Instructor: K. Stokesbury

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

Credits: 1 credits
Date/Time/Place: Wed; 12:30-1:30 pm; SMAST East, Rm 101 and Rm 102
Instructor: C. Pilskaln and A. Bourbonnais

MAR 700-02: Graduate Seminar, Fisheries Oceanography

Credits: 1 credits
Date/Time/Place: Wed; 2:30-3:30 pm; SMAST East, Rm 101-102
Instructor: G. Fay

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

MAR 110: Ocean Hazards

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 2:00-3:15 pm; DION 
Instructor: W. Brown

MAR 515: Introduction to Geological Oceanography

Process-oriented geological oceanography starting with the history of ocean floor exploration, theories of ocean basin formation, determination of geologic time and going through the major dynamic processes shaping and characterizing the seafloor - from beaches to basins, reefs to estuaries. Overviews of marine geophysics and plate tectonics, sea level variation and the formation of coastlines and reefs, and the importance of paleoceanography to assessing climate change will be presented and discussed.

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Tues/Thurs; 11:00 am-12:15 pm; SMAST-West, Rm 204
Instructor: C. Pilskaln

MAR 540: Introduction to Fisheries Science

Provides a background on the development of fisheries science and examines the theories and techniques of biology, ecology, oceanography, and population dynamics presently employed. Components include fish and shellfish basic population dynamics, early life history recruitment, migration, growth, fishery dependent/independent surveys, alternative abundance measurement techniques, habitat considerations, and introductory fisheries modeling.

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Wed/Fri; 10:00-11:15 pm; SMAST-East, Rm 101
Instructor: K. Stokesbury

MAR 555: Introductory Physical Oceanography

A descriptive treatment of ocean atmosphere interactions, water properties, general wind driven and thermohaline circulation, waves and tides, and coastal processes. Simplified conceptual models demonstrate the important principles.

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Lecture on Tues/Thurs, 3:30-4:45 pm; Lab on Mon, 4:00-5:15 pm; SMAST-West, Rm 204
Instructor: M. Sundermeyer, G. Cowles

MAR 580-01: Special Topics in Fisheries Oceanography: Advanced Population Modeling

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Tue; 9:30 am-10:45 am; SMAST-East, Rm 247
Instructor: G. Fay, S. Cadrin

MAR 580-02: Special Topics in Fisheries Oceanography: Science Communication for Research Scientists

Credits: 3 credits 
Date/Time/Place: Fri; 9:30-12:00 pm; SMAST-East, Rm 102 
Instructor: S. Cadrin, G. Fay, C. O'Keefe

MAR 599: Special Topics: Current Studies in Calcareous Plankton Ecology and Geochemistry

This course aims to provide awareness and understanding of current and cutting edge calcareous plankton ecology and calcification research, with special focus on Atlantic planktonic foraminifera and pteropods. As a reading and discussion course, student will be responsible for actively participating in discussion and evaluation of research papers, as well as suggestions of papers to be discussed within the course.

Credits: 2 credits
Date/Time/Place: TBA
Instructor: C. Pilskaln
Max. capacity: 3 students

MAR 599-01/MNE 436: Special Topics: Marine Hydrodynamics and Propulsion

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, SENG (Rm # TBD)
Instructor: G. Cowles

MAR 599-02: Special Topics: Global Biogeochemical Cycles

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: TBD
Instructor: M. Altabet

MAR 599-04: Physical & Biological Processes in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank & New England Shelf

Credits: 3 credits
Date/Time/Place: Fri; 10:00 am-12:00 pm; SMAST-West, Rm 204 
Instructor: C. Chen

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

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

Credits: 1 credit
Date/Time/Place: Wed; 12:30-1:30 pm; SMAST-West, Rm 204
Instructor: A. Gangopadhyay

MAR 700-02: Graduate Seminar: Fisheries Oceanography

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

Credits: 1 credit 
Date/Time/Place: Wed; 3:30-4:30 pm; SMAST-East, Rm 101 and 102
Instructor: S. Cadrin, N.D. Bethoney