Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences (MS)

San Francisco State University

Date Posted: May 5, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree


The Masters of Science (MS) in Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences (IMES) program is an interdisciplinary program offered at San Francisco State University (SF State) by the College of Science and Engineering, based at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center, Romberg Tiburon Campus. This program is based on the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) "Research Intensive Pedagogical Training of Interdisciplinary Estuarine Scientists (RIPTIDES)" which is the first NRT award made entirely to a stand-alone Masters training program. Faculty mentors in the program are from a range of Departments including Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, Geography & Environment, Earth & Climate Sciences, Public Administration, and the College of Ethnic Studies.

The MS in IMES program provides the opportunity for students to develop a transdisciplinary knowledge base at the intersection of global change, coastal marine, and estuarine ecosystems, and societal challenges faced in urbanized areas. Students develop an applied knowledge in one or more fields of marine and estuarine sciences through conducting independent research under the guidance of faculty from a broad spectrum of physical, biological and social sciences. That applied knowledge is combined with professional internships and training in professional skills to prepare graduates for a range of careers including scientific research, natural resource management, and science communication. Through the EOS Center, the program provides extensive laboratory resources and access to field sites for advanced study in marine and estuarine sciences.