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BS in Coastal & Marine Science

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost $21,400 per semester (Full-time undergraduate)

Why Earn Your BS in Coastal & Marine Science at Sacred Heart?

The Coastal & Marine Science major emphasizes coursework in coastal science, marine science, ecology, conservation biology, environmental restoration, and related areas of the biological sciences. The curriculum provides real-world experience through courses, independent research projects, and internships with outside partner organizations. 

This major will prepare you for graduate training and/or careers in coastal/marine/ecological research and environmental management.


Gain real-world, worldwide experience

At SHU, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses at our Dingle, Ireland campus, including BI 104 Introduction to Coastal Ecology, BI 176 Introduction to Oceanography, BI 276 Oceanography, and BI 279 Coastal Ecology.

We also encourage you to take courses in supervised research -- you can enroll in BI 390 Supervised Research for 2-3 academic credit s-- and co-curricular activities, such as The Biology Club, Tri Beta, and the American Medical Student Association.

You will also participate in the internship program that helps build necessary experience. Recent SHU biology majors have secured internships with:

  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • The Beardsley Zoo
  • Fairfield Community Veterinary Clinic
  • The Maritime Aquarium
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • The Norwalk Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic
  • Pfizer
  • Unilever Corporation


Living Shorelines

Restoring Habitat Structure and Function in Connecticut

About Living Shorelines

Structural components
Industry partners
International component
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

Application Deadlines*

Entry Term              Preferred 

Spring (January)      December 1

Late Spring (April)    March 1

Fall (August)            July 1

*Most programs offer rolling admission, however, the preferred deadline is specified above. Check your program requirements page for more details.


Online Application

Complete the Online Graduate Application


Required Documents

  • Course-by-Course Academic Credential Report such as WES, ECEFIS, or any of the credential evaluation services approved by NACES. A GPA of 3.0/4.0 is desired.
  • Resume/CV
  • Essay/Personal Statement
    One page discussing applicant's reasons for pursuing the degree. Please note, program directors do read essays carefully. Ensure essay clearly explains why past education and experience, as well as future goals, are a good match for the selected program at Sacred Heart University. Please check for spelling and grammar errors.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    If the applicant has studied/worked at a US institution, a recommendation from a former teacher or manager is suggested.
  • Bank statement that verifies the student, students’ family or sponsors’ ability to afford the costs required to attend Sacred Heart University for one year of study. US dollars are preferred.
    The statement should be officially certified and signed by a bank official and dated within six (6) months of enrolling at Sacred Heart University
    View a sample bank letter
    View a Sample Bank Statement
  • Passport
    Photo Page Copy
    A signed Agent/Educational Consultant Release for Sacred Heart University is required for all applicants, even if not working with an Agent.


Required Exams

English Proficiency Exam

Official English Language Proficiency examination. The following minimum scores are accepted:

  • TOEFL 80+
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • MS Computer Science, IT, Chemistry, Finance and Investment Management, Healthcare Informatics may consider IELTS 6.0
  • SHU ESL Exam: 80% (must be approved by SHU)
  • PTE: 62
  • iTEP: 5
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced: 180
  • Completion of ELS 112
  • Completion of EF Level C1
  • Completion of Talk Level 7
  • EIKEN: pre-1
  • GTEC: 1200
  • PTE: 62
  • Duolingo: 110
  • SHU ESL Program: Score of 90 on exit ESL exam AND successful completion of Level 5 or 6

Sacred Heart University may offer Provisional Acceptance for students who do not meet the minimum English Language requirements.  

  • Students may complete ESL courses at Sacred Heart University’s English Language Institute or other ESL school prior to starting their academic program.
  • If applicant does not have an English Proficiency Exam Score, complete the ESL Exam Waiver Request


GMAT or GRE Exam

For MBA, MS Finance and Investment Management and MS Digital Marketing programs only

Waivers may be granted for applicants with 5+ years management experience OR those who hold a degree equivalent to a US master’s degree.
Sacred Heart CEEB Code 3780


Application Fee and Submission

Non-refundable graduate application fee for international applicants is $75 (fee waiver available). Applications are not complete until the application fee has been paid.

Sacred Heart University will evaluate an application only after we receive all required fees and documents, including transcripts and proof of English proficiency. All documents submitted to Sacred Heart University become its property and will not be released to students or other institutions

Grant opportunities

Sacred Heart University’s personal approach and strong commitment to financial aid helps our students achieve their educational goals. To provide further access to families as they invest in a Sacred Heart University education, a variety of institutional financial assistance programs have been designed which recognize students’ academic and extracurricular achievements as well as the financial needs of our families. 


Merit Scholarship Programs

All new students are considered for academic scholarships as part of the admission application review process (a separate scholarship application is not required). Merit scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Review Committee and are based on the review of each student’s high school transcript and class rank. Course selection and overall grade point average are weighed heavily in the review process. Sacred Heart University’s Test-Optional Admissions Policy does apply to the review for merit scholarships. However, if candidates feel their test scores provide further evidence of academic ability and potential, they may submit them to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Merit scholarships are renewable for four years (eight semesters) of full-time undergraduate study provided the student maintains the required cumulative GPA established for their specific scholarship. Merit scholarships are only awarded at the time of admission. There should be no expectation that the amount will increase in subsequent years. Scholarships are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Merit scholarships range from $7,000 to $17,500. Programs include:
    • President's Excellence Award
    • Trustee Scholarship
    • College Scholarship
    • Conley Award
  • Transfer students may be eligible for Merit scholarships based on academic achievements at their previous post-secondary institutions. Programs include:
    • Phi Theta Kappa
    • Transfer Achievement Award
    • Community College Scholarship


Activity-Based Programs

Sacred Heart University offers activity-based grant and scholarship programs for full-time undergraduate students who participate in various student life programs on campus. Awards are based on level of activity and participation and include programs such as Intercollegiate Athletics, Community Service, Christian Leadership, Pioneer Bands, University Choir, Theatre Arts, University Dance, Student Leadership, Undergraduate Research Assistants, Classroom Learning Assistants, Resident Assistants and others. Award amounts vary and annual renewal of these grants requires continued participation in the grant-awarding program.


Need-Based Programs

Sacred Heart University awards institutional need-based assistance to students based on preliminary data gathered through the CSS Profile. We also require the completion of the FAFSA form so that students may be awarded their federal/state grant and loan eligibility. 


Endowed Scholarships

Sacred Heart University awards Endowed Scholarships to full-time undergraduate upperclassmen (sophomore, juniors and seniors) who complete the Endowed Scholarship Application. Students who qualify will be identified and emailed by the Office of Student Financial Assistance and invited to apply. Scholarship committees will meet and award scholarships throughout the academic year. Students will be notified as they are awarded a scholarship. In some instances, Sacred Heart University, is contractually obligated to share information about each student recipient. As a scholarship recipient, you may be asked, by the Office of University Advancement, to provide a bio and/or photo to be shared with the contact of the specific scholarship you have been awarded.


Full-Time to Part-Time student eligibility for University Scholarships & Grants

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to design and interpret both hypothesis driven experimental investigations and observational studies typical of biological science. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of a body of content indicating understanding of the core concepts and principles of biological science within the framework of evolution. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written presentation of experimental/peer-reviewed literature-based research and preparation of journal article style primary research reports. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively use a suite of laboratory techniques, equipment, and computer software appropriate for scientific investigations in biology. 
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and leadership skills through work on group projects and assignments in lecture and/or lab. 
  • Critically evaluate ethical and public policy issues involving application of biological information. 
  • Demonstrate intellectual engagement through active participation in course activities, discussions, and assignments.

ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Physical and chemical oceanography
Marine spatial planning