Explore How Life Thrives in the Ocean

Develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the marine sciences by studying the biological, physical, chemical and geological subdisciplines of the marine sciences and the connections between them. Students in the marine science major will learn in small, stimulating classes that emphasize field courses and experiential learning that allows the natural world to serve as your laboratory. As a result, you’ll build critical thinking skills and the ability to unravel complex problems and prepare for rewarding marine careers.

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Major Requirements

This program features a broad and challenging curriculum that features coursework in marine biology, geoscience, chemistry, geology and physics with numerous opportunities for laboratory and field studies. Put your learning into practice by taking part in faculty-led research, internships and opportunities to get hands-on experience.

From Plan to Potential

Rider marine science graduates possess a solid foundation to enter career opportunities in academia, government, industry and nonprofit institutions. Students also possess the necessary education to continue their career development in a related graduate program of their choice.

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Put Theory to Practice

Uncover knowledge with rich, hands-on experiences that extend learning beyond the classroom. Through internships, field experiences and research, you’ll apply the concepts and theories learned in an academic setting to the real world and acquire the knowledge and skills required for a wide range of potential careers.


Marine Sciences (B.S.)

Daniel Druckenbrod

Professor, GEMS Department Chair

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ddruckenbrod [at] rider.edu


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