Marine Ecosystem Management

The Minor in Marine Ecosystem Management is designed to provide students with a fundamental background in ecosystem management of marine natural resources.Students gain insight and experience in marine management issues relative to estuarine, coastal, and open-water marine ecosystems from the perspective of habitat, biota and human resource users.Students are also exposed to the management skills necessary to recognize and use effective techniques to conserve, preserve and restore marine ecosystem integrity for the benefit of society.

The Minor in Marine Ecosystem Management is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in Bachelor of Science degree programs with majors in Fisheries and Wildlife; Lyman Briggs; Community Sustainability; and Zoology.


Requirements for the Minor in Marine Ecosystem Management:

All of the following courses must be completed (14 cr.)

  • FW 110 Conservation and Management of Marine Resources (3 cr.)

  • FW 416 Marine Ecosystem Management (3 cr.)

  • ZOL 303 Oceanography (4 cr.)

  • ZOL 353 Marine Biology (4 cr.)



One of the following courses: (4 cr.)

  • FW 471 Ichthyology (4 cr.)

  • PLB 424 Algal Biology. (4 cr.)

  • ZOL 306 Invertebrate Biology (4 cr.)


Experiential Learning in Marine Ecosystem Management

One of the following courses which must contain a marine emphasis: (2 or 4 cr.)

  • FW 480 International Studies in Fisheries and Wildlife (3 cr.)

  • FW 493 Professional Internships in Fisheries and Wildlife (2 or 3 cr.)

  • ZOL 496 Internship in Zoology (4 cr.)

  • ZOL 498 Internship in Zoo and Aquarium Science (4 cr.)


Who to Contact:

Jim Schneider, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
Natural Resources Building
480 Wilson Road; Room 40
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-9091

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