Marine Science Graduate Program

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The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is a multidisciplinary program bringing together faculty from across UCSB departments to provide graduate training leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Marine Science. The diversity of research interests, perspectives, and expertise within the program promotes the development of a broad foundation in marine science and appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches to research and education while allowing students to develop depth in specific subdisciplines within the field.

Marine Science faculty, professional researchers, graduate students, post docs, and undergraduates study a broad range of research topics related to the world's oceans including climate change, ocean circulation, marine ecology, marine geology, microbiology, marine natural products, biomolecular materials, marine biochemistry, ocean remote sensing, paleoceanography, marine conservation, ocean policy, and marine resources.   The Program provides students with opportunities to conduct marine science research around the world's oceans from the Arctic to tropics to the Antarctic.  Students are encouraged to work across a range of disciplines in marine science as they pursue their degrees.  Research laboratories of IGPMS faculty offer graduate and undergraduate students numerous opportunities to learn about marine science and to work on a variety of research projects.  Many students have participated in field expeditions and oceanographic research cruises.

Faculty participating in the program come from nine departments on campus including the Departments of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, Earth Science, Geography, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and Anthropology. All faculty maintain strong marine-oriented research programs which accommodate students from both the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science and their own departmental graduate programs.