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The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies: Marine Ecological Emphasis is designed specifically as a second major for students in the CLAES School of Education interested in teaching science in elementary schools. The program is tailored to meet the interdisciplinary science objectives of elementary education majors and to facilitate the timely completion of their dual requirements in the School of Education and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This program is not designed to prepare students for further study in science disciplines at the graduate or professional level, or to teach science at the middle school or high school level.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the following requirements for the Liberal Studies: Marine Ecological Emphasis Major may be satisfied by taking similar coursework through Rider Approved Study Abroad Programs. Please contact your academic advisor, the GEMS department chair, and/or Rider's Center for International Education (CIE) for further information.


GEMS (24 Credits)
  ENV-200 Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences 4
  GEO-100 Earth Systems Science 3
  GEO-102 Earth Materials and Processes Lab 1
  MAR-120 Oceanography 3
  MAR-121 Introductory Oceanography Lab 1
  MAR-210 Marine Life Through Time 4
  MAR-380/580 The Learning and Teaching of Marine Sciences1,2 4
  MAR-401 Marine Ecology 4

Biology (8 Credits)
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
  BIO-272 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
  BIO-272L Marine Biology Lab 1

Chemistry (4 Credits)
  CHE-120 Principles of Chemistry 3
  CHE-121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1

Physics (4 Credits)
  PHY-100 Principles of Physics I 3
  PHY-100L Principles of Physics I Lab 1

Electives (7-8 Credits) Select two courses from the following:
  BIO-372 Behavior of Marine Organisms 4
  GEO-306 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4
  MAR-227-229 Introduction to Field Marine Sciences course1 4
  MAR-325 Marine Vertebrates: Fish to Mammals 4
  MAR-330 Chemical Oceanography 4
  MAR-360 Plankton Ecology 4
  MAR-410 Physical Oceanography 3

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 47-48 (In addition to CLAES core requirements). Marine Ecological Emphasis majors also will take either MTH-105: Algebra and Trigonometry or MTH-210: Calculus I to satisfy the CLAES mathematics core requirement.

1The courses, Introduction to Field Marine Sciences and The Learning and Teaching of Marine Sciences, are taught at various field stations on a rotating basis during the Summer I or Summer II terms. Introduction to Field Marine Sciences courses include:

  • Subtropical Environments; MAR-227
  • Boreal Environments; MAR-228
  • Tropical Environments; MAR-229

2MAR-580 can be used for graduate credit


Graduation with Honors in Liberal Studies: Marine Ecological Emphasis is awarded in recognition of majors who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in the program is by invitation of the GEMS faculty. Eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses required for the major and the satisfactory completion of a three- or four-credit Independent Research and Study course. In addition, an honors candidate must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.