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The Major and Minors

The Minor in Marine Science & Policy

The Marine Science and Policy (MS&P) minor permits students to pursue interests in coastal and oceanic systems through an integrated sequence of courses in the natural and social sciences.

An introduction to marine sciences is obtained through completion of the two basis courses. Students then choose among upper-level courses that focus on or complement scientific investigation of the oceans and the policy aspects of ocean conservation, exploitation, and management. Students should consult with one of the co-directors as early as possible in the course selection process.


The MS&P minor requires 6 courses, typically at least 3 of the 6 courses are taken at Smith, and only two courses may count for both the minor and the major:

3 required courses as follows:

3 elective courses from the following areas:

Biological Sciences

Social Sciences

Five College Course Possibilities

Courses may be chosen from within the Five Colleges with approval of the minor adviser.

Study Away Course Possibilities

Students may choose minor courses away from Smith through participation in a marine-oriented, off-campus program. In recent years, Smith students have enrolled in the following programs:

Marine Biological Laboratory (Boston University Marine Program, fall semester); Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program; SEA Semester; Duke University Marine Laboratory (semester and summer programs); University of Maine Semester by the Sea (fall semester); and marine programs of the School for Field Studies, the School for International Training, and Shoals Marine Laboratory.