Academic Life

Our Marine Science graduate students have an official CMS organization called the Marine Science Advisory Committee that interfaces student interests, activities, and concerns with the faculty and administrators of the college and St. Petersburg campus. In addition, there are several international student organizations that are part of USF. Visit the Student Organizations website to search for an organization that may be of interest to you (please note: many of the international organizations are listed unter the "multi-cultural" category).

In addition to the normal academic programs, another significant event for all of our students is our Friday afternoon "TGIF" events. The TGIF takes place after our Friday Seminars. The TGIF hosts a time where students, faculty and staff meet in an informal setting to interact and relax at the end of the week. TGIF is a unique opportunity for foreign students to improve their spoken English and learn more about other programs and activities going on in our college.

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Admissions

 

Graduate Program Admissions

We recruit graduate students from our region, across our nation and around the world. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and highly qualified graduate student population and enabling their success. Our program is a mentored one in which students work closely with their faculty advisors as apprentices. This is demanding of our faculty members' time, but upon graduation our students are fully prepared for a successful entry into our field. For questions regarding the application process, please visit our FAQ page or email marinesciences@usf.edu.

 

Who is Welcome at CMS?

We welcome anyone who has a passion for the oceans and for science, who values different perspectives, and who cherishes the opportunity to think critically and promote dialogue about the knowledge we create and disseminate. Regardless of what you look like, what you believe, or where you come from, we want to include you in our college if this description fits you.

 

Important Deadlines

Fall Admissions Priority Deadline: January 10th

Fall Admissions Final Deadline: January 15th

Spring Admissions Final Deadline: October 1st  

International Student Fall Admissions Deadline: January 2nd

International Student Spring Admissions Deadline: June 1st

 

How to Apply

The following materials must be received by the final deadline in order for the application to be considered complete. For the best opportunity to receive funding from the College, please apply by the Priority Deadline.

 

Submit Online Application

Complete the Online Application (https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/default.aspx). There is a $30.00 application fee required. The fee must be paid before your application can be seen by the Admissions Committee. A fee waiver may be requested if you qualify by being part of one of the programs listed on the fee waiver request form (http://www.usf.edu/admissions/documents/app-fee-waiver.pdf ). Please email the waiver form directly to marinescience@usf.edu, if you qualify. Please note that the College of Marine Science is part of USF Tampa and not part of USF St. Petersburg even though we are located in St. Petersburg. You must select the Tampa campus for apply for our degree programs.

 

Research Interest Essay

Use this linked MS Word template to create your essay and upload it in the “Essay” section of the Admissions Application.

 

Resume or CV

Upload your most current resume or CV in the “Resume” section of the Admissions Application

 

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that you attended must be uploaded in your Admissions Application. Once you have been admitted to the College, you will need to send your final, official transcripts to the Office of Admissions before registering for classes. If you have attended USF as a degree-seeking student, you do not have to submit your USF transcript.

Mail all transcripts to:

Office of Admissions

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036

Tampa, FL 33620, USA 

 

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to provide three letters of recommendation as part of the admissions application. The applicant will be asked to enter in the contact information of each recommender as part of the Admissions Application. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to the recommendation upload site. At this site, the recommender can then type in the recommendation letter or attached a .doc or .pdf file. Alternatively, recommendation letters can also be emailed directly to marinescience@usf.edu. The letters should address the “Admissions Committee.” It is preferred to have letters printed on university or company letterhead in .pdf format, attached and email from a professional email address if applicable.

 

Graduate Record Exam Scores (GRE-verbal/quantitative)

The GRE is a standardized test that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study. Contact ETS at www.ets.org to find a testing location and have your scores sent electronically from ETS to USF. The institution code for USF is 5828. The competitive minimum scores are as follows:

Verbal = 153 and Quantitative = 148. For the MRA concentration the minimum preferred scores are Verbal = 156 and Quantitative = 155.

 

TOEFL exam scores (For non-native English speakers)

Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States mist also submit TOEFL scores earned within two years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 in the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions. Contact ETS at www.ets.org to find a testing location and have your scores sent electronically from ETS to USF. The institution code for USF is 5828. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has scored 153 or higher on the GRE verbal test
  • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning
  • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on the transcript)
  • Has scored a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

 

International Applicants                 

Upload the Financial Support Requirements Form to the online application. This form is available on the Admissions Application. You may also visit the USF Graduate Admissions website for more helpful information for international applicants. All international transcripts must be in English; it is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign transcripts translated and evaluated before submitting them as part of their graduate application. Please visit the Foreign Transcript Evaluations Services Listing of evaluators.

 

Visiting the College of Marine Science                      

Please contact marinescience@usf.edu to schedule a visit to the College of Marine Science. General admissions advising can take place as well as a tour of the College and the adjacent USF St. Petersburg campus. Please note that the tours do not include visits to the laboratories or meetings with individual faculty members. These meetings should be set-up by directly contacting the faculty member of interest.

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Adrienne Hollister

Adrienne Hollister

About my research:

I am a first year Masters student in Kristen Buck’s lab, which studies the biogeochemistry of trace metals in the ocean. I recently started working on a project looking at the remineralization of iron after a phytoplankton bloom. Prior to USF, I received my BS in chemistry at PLU in Tacoma, WA, where I was a part of a polymer research group. After graduation, I took off five years where I worked in pharmacy and quality assurance.

Why USFCMS?

Attending USF was an unexpected path. As a west coaster, Florida was completely new to me. But the more I learned about USF CMS, the more it seemed like the right fit. I especially valued the interdisciplinary nature of the program, and when I visited, I knew I wanted to study chemical oceanography here. The research is exciting, and the community is supportive. And of course, the campus is the ideal location for marine research, with Tampa bay right in our backyard.

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Amanda Paiz

Amanda Paiz

About my research:

My research involves looking at the upwelling flow from the Gulf of Mexico onto the West Florida Shelf and trying to figure out when it happens, why it happens, and where the water goes once it makes it onto the Shelf using a data-assimilated regional model data set covering 10 years.

Why USFCMS?

Conducting my research at USF-CMS in the beautiful St Petersburg area has been wonderful. The staff is great, and the professors really put in the time to make sure your research is worth-while and makes a difference in your field. There are opportunities to get ship time for your research, and lots of chances to do other types of field-work if you choose to do so. Access to state of the art facilities and computing power have been a great help in not only my research, but also in my growth and development as a physical oceanographer. The various opportunities you are able to take advantage of at a Tier 1 research school are amazing, and at USF-CMS you also get the extra bonus of a small-school feel so you don't get lost in the crowds like at many other institutions.

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Arrival at USF

Nearly all flights into the Tampa Bay area arrive at Tampa International Airport. Although there is another airport in the vicinity (St. Petersburg - Clearwater Airport), the number of airlines and flights serving that airport are very limited. For international students, free transportation from the Tampa airport to St. Petersburg can be arranged in advance by contacting Friends International. You must arrange this transportation prior to your departure from your home country.

Prior to your arrival at USF, we encourage you to contact one of our international students in the College of Marine Science. You can send a general e-mail to talk@marine.usf.edu or contact one of our office with any questions you might have marinescience@usf.edu

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Biological Oceanography

Biological oceanography seeks to understand the life histories and population dynamics of marine organisms and how they interact with their environment over space and time. Scientists in the College of Marine Science study the full breadth of biological oceanography including microbiology, phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos, coral reefs, fishes, and marine mammals. Our biological oceanographers utilize a variety of techniques including SCUBA, shipboard samplers, acoustics, molecular biology, and mathematical modeling to understand the oceans and their inhabitants.

Scientists in our college also use the latest in remote sensing technology to study vast regions of the Earth's oceans, and have also developed new technology, such as genosensor capable of identifying and quantifying harmful algal blooms and related processes on unprecedented scales. 

 

For More Information

Please visit the following links for information about our Biological Oceanography research and for instructions on how to apply to our Master's or PhD program. You can email your thoughts to us on hotmail, gmail & iCloud email.

Graduate Program Application

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Campus Vicinity

 

About St. Petersburg, Pinellas County

The USF St. Petersburg Campus is situated on the water near the downtown area of the city of St. Petersburg. The city is part of Pinellas county. The area hosts a wide range of activities from top rated beaches, parks, sporting events and festivals. To learn more about St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas, visit the St. Pete/Clearwater Visitors and Vacation Information website

The USF St. Pete Visitors web page also has information about the city of St. Petersburg and about the USF St. Pete Campus

 

The Weather and Temperature

Also known as the "Sunshine City", St. Petersburg holds a Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine - a stretch lasting 768 days that began in 1967.

Averages temperature highs range from 69-90 degrees Fahrenheit, and lows range from 54-77 degrees Fahrenheit annually. Visit the Weather page of the visitors site for the daily weather report.

You may also visit our live weather cam feed in downtown St. Petersburg.

 

Housing

All of our graduate students live off campus in nearby apartments or homes. If you need assistance to find housing in the area, please contact the Academic Services Advisor at marinescience@usf.edu.

 

Transportation

Despite the nearby proximity between our campus and the downtown area, our current students suggest to have access to a car while you are here if possible. Although it is not necessary, having a car will open up many new opportunities for you while you are staying here.

Visit the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority for more information public transportation available in the area.

Visit the Location page for more information regarding our college location, driving directions and maps.

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Chemical Oceanography

Chemical oceanographers seek to understand the ways in which various elements are cycled within the oceans, and the reactions that these elements undergo. Ocean chemists improve our understanding of the basic conditions under which ocean life thrives in seawater, and help predict the effects of anthropogenic and natural climate change on ocean composition.

Research programs in the College of Marine Science include such wide ranging topics as the role and variability of nutrients in seawater, the distribution and cycling of rare earth elements and other trace metals, examination of the oceans' CO2 system, the study of dissolved organic matter, molecular organic compounds, radionuclides and stable isotopes in the oceans, and the distribution of chemical pollutants and their toxicity on marine organisms and ecosystems. Faculty and students utilize a wide variety of state-of-the art instrumentation and technology for investigating these research problems.

 

For More Information

Please visit the following links for information about our Chemical Oceanography research and for instructions on how to apply to our Master's or PhD program.

Graduate Program Application

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Christian Gfatter

Christian Gfatter

About my research:

I am interested in symbiotic relationships and the study of foraminifera. These protists are found in a wide range of marine habitats and are often studied to provide insight into evolutionary processes, environmental history, and paleoceanography. Some species of foraminifera have diapause-like responses to hostile conditions such as hypoxia and my research examines the survival limits of algal endosymbiont bearing foraminifera compared to those without algal symbionts. This research will generate valuable data that will help explain prior migration and predict future expansion into marginal environments. I am also interested in analyzing foraminiferal assemblages and developing innovative methods to improve identification, such as utilizing image recognition technology.

Why USFCMS?

I believe in the College of Marine Science's interdisciplinary approach to studies in marine science and it has a diverse group of scientists within the fields of Biological, Chemical, Geological, and Physical Oceanography. All of the professors are very approachable and provide their students the necessary tools to become successful. The college, while having the resources of the greater USF system, is located in an quiet setting within the beautiful City of St. Petersburg which has numerous marine related organizations. For entertainment and recreation, there is a wide range of activities.

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Contact Us

David Naar

Dr. David Naar, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Email: naar@usf.edu

 

 

 

 

Brittany Sheehy

Brittany Sheehy, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs
Email: bsheehy@usf.edu
Phone: 727-553-3944

 

 

 

 

Ana Arellano

Ana Arellano, Academic Affairs Administrator | Online Course Coordinator
Email: aarellan@mail.usf.edu

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Courses Offered

The course catalog web page contains an alphabetical listing of regularly taught courses with descriptions, and semesters and intervals in which they are typically offered.

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

 

Spring Semester 2018 Deadlines for Graduating Students

 

Registration Notices

  • Classes and locations are subject to changes, make sure to check your schedule in OASIS regularly for any changes, especially the week before classes.
  • * Summer Session Limitations: Thesis and Dissertation sections are limited in Summer session to students who are graduating. Please make sure to enroll in Thesis and Dissertation hours during Fall and Spring when possible to fulfill the thesis and dissertation requirements for graduation. Please see the Master's and PhD checklists for course requirement details.

 

COURSE SEARCH (UNIVERSITY WIDE)

To view all the courses offered by the university, use the following search:

To view courses currently offered by the College of Marine Science, select "St. Petersburg" as the campus and "Marine Science" as your college and select the appropriate term.

 

CALENDARS / IMPORTANT DATES

 

HOW TO REGISTER

All students must register for courses using OASIS. OASIS is USF's Online Access Student Information System. OASIS provides USF applicants and new, current and former students online access to their student records. You will need the Course Registration Number "CRN" of the courses you wish to register for before you login to OASIS. Obtain the CRN numbers by viewing the current course schedule listed at the top of this page.

 

Non-Degree Students or Non Marine Science Majors

Students wishing to enroll in our courses, who are not USF Marine Science majors, may request a permit by the professor teaching that course (see course schedule above for details), included your transcripts and University ID number in the email requesting a permit. If you are not currently a USF student, you can sign up as a non-degree student by completing the non-degree application:

 

Immunization Requirements For Registration

You will need to prove your immunization records with health services in order to register for classes. Contact Student Health Services to ensure your immunization requirements are fulfilled. The Immunization forms and requirements needed before you can register for classes are available on the Student Health Services website.

 

COURSE CATALOG (Descriptions and Details)

Click on the course title to see an available description. Courses are sorted by the following categories, (core classes are noted as Core Course):

Download Course Catalog

 

Biological

 

Chemical

 

Geological

 

Inter-disciplinary

 

Physical

 

Undergraduate

 

BIOLOGICAL
Course Number
Course Title
Professor
Typically Offered
How Often
OCB 6050 Biological Oceanography
Core Course
Peebles Fall Every year
OCG 6934 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems (MRA core course) Daly/Luther Spring Odd years
OCE 6934 Fish Biology (MRA core course) Stallings Spring Fall, odd years
OCE 6934 Foundations of Biological and Fisheries Oceanography Daly/Hallock-Muller Spring Even years
OCE 6934 Marine Microbiology Paul Fall Even Years
OCE 6934 Population Dynamics (MRA core course) Ainsworth Fall Even Years
OCE 6934 Zooplankton Ecology Daly Fall Odd years

 

CHEMICAL
Course Number
Course Title
Professor
Typically Offered
How Often
OCE 6934 Biogeochemistry of the Periodic Table Buck Fall Odd years
OCC 6050 Chemical Oceanography
Core Course
Buck/Byrne/ Hollander Spring Every year
OCE 6934 CO2 System Analytical Technique Byrne TBD TBD
OCC 6934 Methods in Chemical Oceanography Buck TBD TBD
OCC 6934 Organic Geochemistry Hollander/Shevenell/Rosenheim TBD 3 year interval
OCE 6934 Physical Chemistry of Seawater Byrne Fall Even years
OCE 6934 Sediment Geochemistry Hollander/Shevenell/Rosenheim TBD 3 year interval
OCE 6934 Principles Applications ICP-MS Deister TBD Every Spring
OCE 6934 Stable Isotope Geochemistry Hollander/Shevenell/Rosenheim TBD 3 year interval

 

GEOLOGICAL
Course Number
Course Title
Professor
Typically Offered
How often
OCE 6934 Carbonate Geology Rosenheim/Hallock-Muller/Domack Fall Odd years
OCE 6934 Continental Margins Domack Fall Odd years
OCG 6668 Evolution and Ecology Reefs Hallock-Muller Spring Even years
OCE 6934 Geochronology Domack/Rosenheim Fall Even years
OCG 6051 Geological Oceanography
Core Course
Faculty Spring Every year
OCE 6934 Micropaleontology Rosenheim/Shevenell/Domack Spring Even years
OCG 6664 Paleoceanography Rosenheim/Shevenell/Domack Spring Even years
OCE 6080 Plate Tectonics & Marine Geophysics Naar Spring Odd years
OCE 6934 Regional Geology Field Trips Faculty Spring Even years
OCE 6934 Sediment Stratigraphy Domack Spring Odd years

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY
Course Number
Course Title
Professor
Typically Offered
How often
OCE 6934 Advanced Data Analysis Mitchum Fall Odd years
OCE 6934 Applied Multivariate Statistics (MRA core course) Jones Spring Every year
OCE 6934 Biometry Jones Fall Every year
OCE 6934 Data Analysis Methods Chambers Spring Every year
OCE 6934 Developing & Teaching a STEM Course Greely Spring Even years
OCE 6934 Ecosystem Modeling Ainsworth Fall Odd years
OCE 6934 Estuarine Ecology Peebles TBD TBD
OCG 6668 Evolution and Ecology of Reefs Hallock Muller Spring Even years
OCE 6934 Experimential Learning in Marine Science Greely Summer Every year
OCE 6934 Fisheries Reading Stallings Upon request Upon Request
OCE 6934 Marine Resource Remote Sensing Hu Fall Even years
OCE 6934 Ocean Policy Muller-Karger / Luther Spring Even years
OCE 6934 Operational Oceanography Luther Upon request Upon request
OCE 6934 Practical IDL Programming Hu Spring Even years
OCE 6934 Prof Development I Breitbart Fall Every year
OCE 6934 Prof Development II Breitbart Fall Even years
OCE 6934 Remote Sensing Muller-Karger Spring Odd years
OCE 6934 Scientist in the Classroom Greely Fall Odd years
OCE 6934 Scientific Writing Hallock Muller Fall Odd years
OCE 6934 SEM Greco    
OCE 6934 Teaching Marine Science Practicum Greely Fall Even years
OCE 6934 TEM Greco    

 

PHYSICAL
Course Number
Course Title
Professor
Typically Offered
How often
OCE 6934 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Liang Spring Every Spring as needed
OCE 6934 Global Water and Energy Cycle Chambers Fall Odd years
OCE 6934 Fluid Dynamics Mitchum Spring Every Spring as needed
OCE 6934 Introduction to Climate Change & Climate Variability Liang Spring Odd years
OCE 6934 Ocean Circulation Weisburg Fall Every year as needed
OCE 6934 Ocean Waves Mitchum Spring Odd years
OCE 6934 Marine Resource Remote Sensing Hu Fall Odd years
OCP 6050 Physical Oceanography
Core Course
Luther, Mitchum (alternating years) Fall Every year
OCE 6934 Satellite Altimetry & Gravimetry Chambers Fall Even years
OCE 6934 Turbulence & Boundary Layers/Geophysical Turbulence Galperin Spring Odd years as needed

 

UNDERGRADUATE
Course Number
Course Title
Professor
Typically Offered
How often
OCE 4930 Adv. Undergrad Oce I Luther/Naar Fall Every Fall
OCE 4930 Adv. Undergrad Oce II Stallings/Naar Spring Every Spring
OCE 4930 Coral Biology and Reef Ecology Hallock-Muller Fall Even years
OCE 4930 Death from the Sea: Realized Public Health Hazards Walsh Spring Odd years
OCE 2001 Introduction to Oceanography Greely Fall Every year
OCE 4930 Marine Ecology Field Methods Stallings Winter Every Winter Session X 2
OCE 4930 Marine Aquaculture Kevin Maine Fall Every Fall Online
OCE 4930 Port Sustainability Luther Fall Every Fall Online
OCE 4930 Geologic History of Florida Hine Fall/Winter Every Semester Online
OCE 4930 Fish Biology Stallings Fall Odd years
OCE 4930 Experiential Learning in Marine Science Greely Summer Every Summer
OCE 4930 SEM Greco As needed As needed
OCE 4930 Marine Microbiology Paul Fall Even years
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Cristina Subt

Cristina Subt

About my research:

I use ramped pyrox radiocarbon chronology methods on marginal Antarctic marine sediments to determine changes in ice sheet retreat and advance over time. Understanding how ice sheets have interacted with climate changes in the past can help us understand how current and future climate changes might play a role in ice sheet behavior, but to do this, accurate chronology is key. Antarctic sediments are notoriously difficult to date due to their highly detrital nature, but by using ramped pyrox we are able to improve upon the available methods and provide more accurate chronologies.

Why USFCMS?

The USF College of Marine Science is an excellent program. There are scientists here who focus on a wide variety of research areas, and who are always happy to provide guidance and resources for their students. For those interested in paleoclimate research, the Paleoclimate Lab is a great place to get help, tools and even make friends! The College of Marine Science is full of fun and interesting scientists with all levels of experience and who make this a great place to study oceanography.

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Dean's Update

Dean's Update - Coming Soon

Degree Programs and Curriculum

Degree Programs & Curriculum

We offer MS and PhD degrees and are committed to providing one of the highest quality graduate programs in the country. At the same time we are always looking for opportunities to enhance the undergraduate mission of the university. We have a strong Education and Outreach program that reaches many secondary school age children in our region. We are also looking to expand certificate opportunities for working professionals in our area and beyond.

Oceanography, the study of all aspects of the oceans, is a very complex discipline, and many terms have been applied to describe its components. Marine Science is considered a synonym for Oceanography, and so our college is called the USF College of Marine Science, or CMS.

The fundamental concepts of Oceanography have been divided into four groups that, taken together, apply to or cover all of the major processes within the oceans. Not surprisingly, the four groups are aligned with four major academic sciences: physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. The concentration in Marine Resource Assessment focuses on biology and aspects of the other three sciences.

*Concentrations http://www.marine.usf.edu/faculty (Make this expandable when clicked)

*Ph.D. Requirements: (Expandable)

 

Doctoral Degree (Ph. D.) in Marine Science

(Biological, Chemical, Geological, and Physical Concentrations)

  1. 90 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (course catalog)
  • 12 core class credits - 4 core classes, 3 credit hours per class (Physical, Chemical, Biological and Geological Oceanography). A grade of "B-" or better in each of the core classes is required.
  • 62 elective credits
  • 16 dissertation credits (OCE 7980)
  • Please note only 3 credit hours of science education courses can be used towards your degree requirements.
  1. Passing performance on a comprehensive qualifying written and oral examination
  2. A written dissertation and successful oral  defense

 

Marine Resource Assessment Concentration

  1. 90 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (course catalog)
  • 12 core class credits (4 core classes, 3 credit hours per class (Physical, Chemical, Biological and Geological Oceanography). A grade of "B-" or better in each of the core classes is required.
  • 9 MRA concentration credits - 3 of the 4 MRA courses (Population Dynamics, Fish Biology, Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems, Applied Multivariate Statistics)
  • 53 elective credits16 dissertation credits (OCE 7980)
  • Please note only 3 credit hours of science education courses can be used towards your degree requirements.
  1. Passing performance on a comprehensive qualifying written and oral examination
  2. A written dissertation and successful oral defense
  • Thesis/dissertation topic selection: 1) must be science-based 2) should have an application to marine resource management or policy development 3) should not directly make management or policy recommendations 4) should be identified near the onset of graduate work 5) should address priorities identified by marine resource management agencies (Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, National Marine Fisheries Service, US Geological Survey)

* M.S. Requirements: (Expandable)

 

Master of Science (M.S) in Marine Science

(Biological, Chemical, Geological, and Physical Concentrations)

  1. 32 semester hours of course work (course catalog)
  • 12 core class credits - 4 core classes, 3 credit hours per class (Physical, Chemical, Biological and Geological Oceanography). A grade of "B-" or better in each of the core classes is required.
  • 8 elective formal class credits
  • 6 elective credits
  • 6 thesis credits (OCE 6971)
  1. A written thesis and successful oral defense

 

Marine Resource Assessment Concentration

  1. 32 semester hours of course work (course catalog)
  • 12 core class credits - 4 core classes, 3 credit hours per class (Physical, Chemical, Biological and Geological Oceanography). A grade of "B-" or better in each of the core classes is required.
  • 9 MRA concentration credits - 3 of the 4 MRA courses (Population Dynamics, Fish Biology, Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems, Applied Multivariate Statistics)
  • 5 elective credits
  • 6 thesis credits (OCE 6971)
  1. A written thesis and successful oral defense
  • Thesis/dissertation topic selection: 1) must be science-based 2) should have an application to marine resource management or policy development 3) should not directly make management or policy recommendations 4) should be identified near the onset of graduate work 5) should address priorities identified by marine resource management agencies (Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, National Marine Fisheries Service, US Geological Survey)

 

*Course Catalog: (Expandable) http://www.marine.usf.edu/students/courses-offered

* Deadlines: (Expandable) http://www.marine.usf.edu/students/courses-offered

* How to Register: (Expandable) http://www.marine.usf.edu/students/courses-offered

* Immunization Holds: (Expandable) http://www.marine.usf.edu/students/courses-offered

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Diversity News

Diversity News - Coming Soon

Erin M. Symonds

Erin M. Symonds

About my research:

I specialize in public health-related water microbiology as a PhD candidate in Dr. Mya Breitbart’s Genomics Laboratory. My research involves wastewater-related viruses, specifically the pepper mild mottle virus, and the use of these viruses to identify fecal pollution in the environment as well as to assess the pathogen removal efficiency of wastewater treatment systems. I am particularly interested in wastewater reuse issues and developing country contexts.

Why USFCMS?

As a USF-CMS graduate student, I have been afforded the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research related to public health-related water microbiology through collaborations with the USF RECLAIM network as well as with NOAA. Furthermore, I have greatly benefited from the USF Challenge Grant program (an internal research grant for interdisciplinary studies) in which I was given the opportunity to conduct research with graduate students from other departments. The execution of our study "A rapid assessment of microbial risk from consuming lettuce in the Cochabamba Valley of Bolivia" gave me an unforgettable educational and research experience."

Forms

I. NEW APPLICANTS

II. MASTER'S PROGRAM

III. PhD PROGRAM

IV. FACULTY

V. TRAVEL PROCEDURES

* The forms are sorted by four categories.

 

I. New Applicant Forms

Please visit the "How to Apply" page for complete application instructions and access to the online application link.

 

II. Master's Program Forms - For Current Students

General

  1. All Graduate School Office Forms
  2. Master Program Checklist - Extracted from the student handbook, use a guide the throughout your master's program.
  3. Progress Report for Master's Students

 

Course Related

  1. Master's Course Requirements Waiver Request / CMS Core Class Waiver Request
  2. Graduate Transfer Course * - Use to officially transfer courses from non-degree or incomplete degrees into your current program, to be completed as soon as possible after entering the program, submit to CMS Academic Affairs office.
  3. Graduate School Petition * - Use to adjust registration after the drop/add deadline, submit to the CMS Academic Affairs office for processing.

 

Thesis Related

  1. Thesis Proposal - SACS Evaluation Form * - Distribute to each of your committee members during your thesis proposal, submit completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after thesis proposal, target: year 2.
  2. Committee Appointment* - Use to officially form your committee, submit completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office, target: year 2.
  3. Change of Committee* - Use to make changes to your committee.
  4. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Resource Center - Review the Graduate School ETD website one semester before graduation.
  5. Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Workshop (REQUIRED) - Attend an ETD workshop one semester before graduation or complete online assessment.
  6. Application to Graduate Form - Students who plan to graduate must complete and submit their Graduation Application online. Please give yourself an earlier deadline to address any potential obstacles. When you are ready to begin the survey and apply, login into OASIS using your Net ID and self-assigned password, then click on the Student menu and select Apply for Graduation.
  7. Electronic Thesis (ETD) Registration - Complete this Graduate School online form early in the semester in which you plan to graduate, refer to the ETD resource center for deadlines.
  8. Request for Master's Thesis Defense Form* - Submit completed form to CMS Academic Affairs office two weeks before your defense.
  9. Thesis Defense Announcement
  10. Thesis Defense Announcement - with CoMajor - Email a copy of your announcement to CMS Academic Affairs office to Brittany Sheehy two weeks before your defense.
  11. Successful Defense of Master's Thesis Form* - Print a copy and bring to your defense, return signed form to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after successful defense.
  12. Thesis Defense - SACS Evaluation Form* - Distribute to each committee member before your defense, return completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after successful defense.
  13. Thesis (written) SACS Evaluation Form* - Distribute to each committee member before your defense, return completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office.
  14. Electronic Thesis - Final Submission Forms. * NOTE: Our college has a special arrangement with the Graduate School so you do NOT have to drive to Tampa to submit your forms, instead you will deliver all signed documents directly to Brittany Sheehy on or before the posted deadline by 3pm. The final submission process involves uploading your final written thesis to the Proquest website, completing surveys, and hand delivering paper forms in person to Brittany Sheehy. Please review the Master's ETD Submission Benchmarks and Checklists for complete details and ETD deadlines.
  • Certificate of Approval Form * - Requires signatures of all of your committee members and Dr. David Naar. Refer to the ETD website for deadlines. Submit signed forms directly to Brittany Sheehy.
  • USF Proquest (online upload website) - Register and upload your completed thesis in .pdf format to the USF ProQuest website for review and approval by the USF Graduate School ETD Office.

* Multiple signatures of approval are required to complete these forms: Advisor, Committee Members, Academic Affairs Director.

 

III. Ph.D. Program Forms - For Current Students

General

  1. All Graduate School Office Forms
  2. PhD Program Checklist - Extracted from the student handbook, use a guide the throughout your doctoral program.
  3. Progress Report for PhD Students

 

Course Related

  1. PhD Course Requirements Waiver Request / CMS Core Class Waiver Request - Use to document courses from a completed master's degree approved to be counted towards the CMS Ph.D. course requirements, this form is to be completed as early as possible after admission. Note: Courses from Non-Degree or incomplete degrees should be documented using the Graduate Transfer Course Form.
  2. Graduate School Petition * - Use to adjust registration after the drop/add deadline, submit to the CMS Academic Affairs office for processing.

 

Dissertation Related

  1. Dissertation Proposal - SACS Evaluation Form* - Distribute to each of your committee members during your dissertation proposal, submit completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after thesis proposal, target: year 2.
  2. Committee Appointment * - Use to officially form your committee, submit completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office, target: year 2.
  3. Change of Committee * - Use to make changes to your committee.
  4. PhD Comprehensive Exam - SACS Evaluation Form* - Distribute to each committee member before your exam, return completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after the comprehensive exam.
  5. Admission to Doctoral Candidacy Form* - Submit to the CMS Academic Affairs office for processing directly after completion of all comprehensive exams and other program requirements, once approved you will be able to register for dissertation credits.
  6. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Resource Center - Review the Graduate School ETD website one semester before graduation.
  7. Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Workshop(REQUIRED) - Attend an ETD workshop one semester before graduation or complete online assessment.
  8. Application to Graduate Form - Students who plan to graduate must complete and submit their Graduation Application online. Please give yourself an earlier deadline to address any potential obstacles. When you are ready to begin the survey and apply, login into OASIS using your Net ID and self-assigned password, then click on the Student menu and select Apply for Graduation.
  9. Electronic Dissertation (ETD) Registration - Complete this Graduate School online form early in the semester in which you plan to graduate, refer to the ETD resource center for deadlines.
  10. Request for Dissertation Defense* - Submit completed form to CMS Academic Affairs office two weeks before your defense.
  11. Dissertation Defense Announcement
  12. Dissertation Defense Announcement - with CoMajor - Email a copy of your announcement to CMS Academic Affairs office to Brittany Sheehy two weeks before your defense.
  13. Successful Defense of Ph.D. Dissertation * - Submit completed form without signatures to CMS Academic Affairs office two weeks before your defense. This form will be mailed to your outside chairperson and the final signed copy will be submitted by your outside chairperson after your defense.
  14. Dissertation Defense - SACS Evaluations Form * - Distribute to each committee member before your defense, return completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office directly after successful defense.
  15. Dissertation (written) - SACS Evaluation Form * - Distribute to each committee member before your defense, return completed forms to CMS Academic Affairs office.
  16. Electronic Thesis - Final Submission Forms* NOTE: Our college has a special arrangement with the Graduate School so you do NOT have to drive to Tampa to submit your forms, instead you will deliver all signed documents directly to Brittany Sheehy on or before the posted deadline by 3pm. The final submission process involves uploading your final written thesis to the Proquest website, completing surveys, and hand delivering paper forms in person to the Brittany Sheehy. Please review the Doctoral ETD Submission Benchmarks and Checklists for complete details and ETD deadlines.
  • Certificate of Approval Form * - Requires signatures of all of your committee members and Dr. David Naar. Refer to the ETD website for deadlines. Submit signed forms directly to Brittany Sheehy.
  • NORC Survey - Register to complete the online. Print the Certificate of Completion page, and submit to the Brittany Sheehy along with the other forms mentioned previously.
  • USF Proquest - Register and upload your completed thesis in .pdf format to the USF ProQuest website for review and approval by the USF Graduate School ETD Office.

* Multiple signatures of approval are required to complete these forms: Advisor, Committee Members, Academic Affairs Director.

 

IV. Faculty

General

  1. All Graduate School Office Forms

Course Related

  1. Course Schedule Request Form - Use to reqeust a course to be added to the schedule of courses.
  2. Course Evaluations Database - Also known as Student Assessment of Instruction.
  3. Incomplete Grade Contract Policies

Thesis and Dissertation Related * - See Master's and PhD sections above for all related forms

  1. Admission to Doctoral Candidacy Form* - Submit to the CMS Academic Affairs office for processing directly after completion of all comprehensive exams and other program requirements, once approved you will be able to register for dissertation credits.
  2. SACS Student Assessment Outcome Forms:
  • Thesis Proposal - Due: to be completed by each committee directly after thesis proposal.
  • Thesis Defense - Due: to be completed by each committee directly after defense.
  • Thesis (written) - Due: to be completed by each committee directly after final thesis is approved.
  • Dissertation Proposal - Due: to be completed by each committee member directly after proposal.
  • PhD Comps - Due: to be completed by each committe member directly after the comprehensive exam.
  • Dissertation Defense - Due: to be completed by each committee member directly after defense.
  • Dissertation (written) - Due: to be completed by each committee member directly after final dissertation is approved.
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Geological Oceanography

Geological oceanographers in the College of Marine Science conduct research from the continental margins to the deep-ocean seafloor extending in time from modern environments to millions of years back in Earth's history to understand and predict Earth surface and interior processes. Primary research themes include: (1) paleoceanography and paleoclimatology; (2) coastline and continental shelf development and processes including effects of storms and sea-level fluctuations; (3) the health of modern and recent geologic history of coral reefs and carbonate depositional environments; (4) anthropogenic influences on estuaries; (5) mathematical explanations of geologic phenomena; and (6) plate tectonics. Our geological oceanography group has a variety of modern well-equipped laboratories and field equipment, including one of the best seafloor mapping capabilities in the US. Fully integrated with these field instruments is the computational capability to generate state-of-the art data depictions and imagery.

Our group also works closely with scientists from the US Geological Survey's Center for Coastal and Marine Science Center, a major federal laboratory located nearby.

 

For more information

Please visit the following links for information about our Geological Oceanography research and for instructions on how to apply to our Master's or PhD program.

Graduate Program Application

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How to Apply

Application Deadlines

 

Term of Entry Domestic International
Already in the U.S.
International
Not in the U.S.
Fall (August) January 10 * December 15 January 2
Spring (January) October 1 September 1 July 1

 

 * The deadline is January 10th but applications will be reviewed until January 15th. For the best opportunity to receive funding from the College, please apply by the preferred deadline.

 

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university (preferable majors include biology, chemistry, geology, physics or math). Master's degree in one of the above sciences highly preferable for Ph.D. applicants.
  • Have earned a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student working for a baccalaureate degree. (Having these scores does not guarantee admission to our program.)
  • Have completed all of the coursework listed on the Undergraduate Preparation page.
  • Have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years preceding application.
    • Minimum scores generally considered acceptable by the college are:
      • Current minimum preferred scores:Old scale: Verbal=500, Quantitative=600
      • Revised scale: Verbal=153, Quantitative=148
  • MRA concentration minimum preferred scores:
    • Old scale: Verbal=550 and Quantitative=700
    • Revised scale: Verbal=156, Quantitative=155
  • Have the commitment of a Marine Science faculty member to serve as advisor during the student's graduate studies [this will be determined after your complete application is received and reviewed by the admissions committee].

 

 

Submit Required Application Documents:

  • Complete the Online Application ($30.00 fee, paid online) and prepare the following supporting documents:
  • Application Information / Research Interest Essay (use this linked MS Word template and upload this document in the "Essay" section of the online application)
  • Resume or CV (upload to the "resume" section of the online application)
  • Official Transcripts of Grades (request official transcripts from your higher education institutions to be sent directly to USF Tampa. Their address is Office of Admission 4202 E. Fowler Ave. SUC 1036 Tampa, Fl 33620.  You should upload an unofficial copy to the online application to have your application reviewed)
  • Request 3 Letters of Recommendation to be uploaded to application or emailed to marinescience@usf.edu
  • ETS PPI Index (request up to five PPI evaluations)
  • GRE Scores (submit to code 5828)
  • TOEFL Scores (for non-native English speakers)
  • International Forms (for international students, available on the online application)

 

Application Decisions

All complete applications are reviewed after the deadlines by the admissions committee. Fall decisions are typically made during February and March. Spring application decisions are typically made in October and November. Denied applicants will receive notification by email directly from the Office of Graduate Studies. Accepted applicants will receive notification in the physical mail as well as email.

 

Review Faculty Research

We encourage all applicants to review the CMS faculty pages ahead of time to learn more about their research. Please list all of the faculty members that you are interested in on your Research Interest Essay. All applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee after the deadline to determine admissibility and to match student's interests with available professors. Making direct contact (phone/email/skype) with faculty members of interest is mandatory.

 

Three Letters of Recommendation

Please request 3 letters of support addressed to the "admissions committee" (send by email: marinescience@usf.edu). It is preferred to have letters printed on company letterhead in PDF format, attached and emailed from a professional email address if applicable. You may also request traditional style letters to be mailed directly to our office. [NOTE: the online application program has an optional section regarding requesting letters of support via the online application. This generates an email to your supporter asking them to fill out a survey and a section for comments, which will be sent to our office. If you choose this method to request your letters of support- please make sure to follow up directly with your supporters to ensure they receive the request.]

 

Official Transcripts of Grades

One official transcript from all institutions of higher learning where you have earned a degree is required, but applicants may also provide unofficial copies of transcripts to expedite the processing of their applications, which can uploaded directly to the online application. Any admissions granted using unofficial transcripts will not be finalized until official transcripts are received in a sealed envelope to USF's Office of Admissions. If you are applying while still completing an undergraduate degree, you must submit transcripts of at least six (6) semesters of completed undergraduate work. Final transcripts showing the award of a bachelor's degree will be required if an applicant is admitted and enrolls. If you have attended USF as a degree-seeking student, you do not have to submit your USF transcripts.

International Transcripts: All transcripts must be in English; it is the applicant's responsibility to have foreign transcripts translated and evaluated* before submitting them as part of their graduate application packet. Please visit the                     Foreign Transcript Evaluations Services Listing of evaluators.

Tampa address for the Office of Admissions:

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036,

Tampa, FL 33620, USA

Phone Number: 813.974.3350

 

Graduate Record Exam scores (GRE - verbal/quantitative)

The GRE General Test is a standardized test that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

  • Contact ETS at www.ets.org to find a testing location and have your scores sent electronically from ETS to USF. The institution code for USF is 5828. Please submit scores from the General GRE Test only (verbal and quantitative). The GRE now has a *Revised General Test: the format and scale of the GRE changed August 1, 2011. The competitive minimums scores are as follows:
    • Current minimum preferred scores:
      • Old scale: Verbal=500, Quantitative=600
      • *Revised scale: Verbal=153, Quantitative=148
  • MRA concentration minimum preferred scores:
    • Old scale: Verbal=550 and Quantitative=700
    • *Revised scale: Verbal=156, Quantitative=155

 

TOEFL exam scores (For non-native English speakers)

Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry.

A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions. Contact ETS at www.ets.org to find a testing location and have your scores sent electronically from ETS to USF. The institution code for USF is 5828.The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:
• Has scored 500 (153 on reivsed test) or higher on the GRE Verbal Test
• Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning
• Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on the transcript).
• Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

 

International Forms (for International Students Only)

Upload the Financial Support Requirements Form to the online application. This form is available on the online application. You may also visit the USF Graduate Admissions web site for more helpful information for International Applicants.

As mentioned above, all international transcripts must be in English; it is the applicant's responsibility to have foreign transcripts translated and evaluated* before submitting them as part of their graduate application packet. Please visit the Foreign Transcript Evaluations Services Listing of evaluators.

 

Other Information:

Optional Information: Students may opt to paricipate in the PPI to add to their application, but it is not mandatory.

 

Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluations

The USF Office of Graduate Studies is taking part in the evaluation of a new assessment tool, the Personal Potential Index (PPI).  In part, this new instrument is being developed to offer administrators a more holistic understanding of an applicant's potential for success as a graduate student.  Students, too, may benefit from this tool because it may allow them to communicate a more comprehensive representation of their skills and attributes to their desired graduate program.  The instrument is designed to ascertain an applicant's knowledge and creativity, resilience, communication skills, planning and organization, teanwork, and ethics and integrity.

More information about the PPI can be obtained from ETS. All student information sent to ETS will be de-identified to maintain students' anonymity. 

http://humanities.usf.edu/graduate/application.aspx

 

Questions?

We are here to help you. If you have any questions please contact us:

Email:

Send Mail

marinescience@usf.edu

Phone:

727.553.3504

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International Applicants

The College of Marine Science is proud to have students from many parts of the world participating in our graduate program. Our current and recent students come from a variety of countries including: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Lebanon, Korea, Kuwait, Nigeria, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela, and the West Indies . The international diversity of our college truly makes us part of the global community.

Please visit the how to apply page for specific instructions on applying to our program. Additionally, please visit the following links for more information about attending school at USF as an international student:

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Jeremy Browning

Jeremy Browning

About my research:

I am presently concerned with planktonic fish eggs. Where are certain species spawning? Why did they choose to spawn under the conditions at one location and time of day/year over another? These pursuits can be used to inform fisheries management and improve sustainability.

Why USFCMS?

The USF College of Marine Science charmed me with a sense of community. I have been made to feel very welcome and have gained outstanding friends here. I’ve had a curiosity for the sea since I was a child. Consequently, the opportunity to step out of freshwater ecology and into the interdisciplinary fields of oceanography was one I could not pass up.

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