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The Bachelor of Science in Marine Resource Management (BS-MRM) program at CFK includes coursework and field experience in marine settings to enable students to integrate theory with practice. Our students acquire specialized skills in restoration and conservation biology/ecology, extensive practical skills in both remote and in situ data collection techniques and technology, a basic-level competence in Geography Information Systems (GIS) software applications, and an understanding of best management practices and policies for both biological and submerged cultural resources. BS-MRM students have exposure to marine resource management fieldwork and demonstrate their acquired skills during the required four-credit capstone internship experience.  

Completion of this degree provides an applied science-based education with professional experience for entry into a variety of careers within the field of marine resource management.  Graduates leave our program as technician level reflective practitioners. 


CFK’s BS-MRM follows a “2+2” model, in which a student first earns an Associate in Arts, an Associate in Science, or equivalent (no less than 60 semester hours from a regionally accredited institution) before entering two years of upper level courseworkIt is recommended for freshmen students wanting to earn the BS-MRM to start in CFK’s Associate in Science in Marine Environmental Technology program. 

BS-MRM graduates complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, including their associate degree courses.  That grand total comprises successful completion of 36 general education credit hours, 27 credit hours of lower level specialized and technical courses, 40 credit hours of upper-level required core courses, and 17 credit hours of electives. 

Coursework includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Research Diving 
  • Motorboat Operation Certification 
  • Marine Data Collection 
  • Coral Reef Biology and Management 
  • Aquaculture and Seafood Policy 
  • Nearshore and Offshore Ecology and Assessment 
  • Marine Conservation 
  • Marine Resource Economics 
  • Marine Policy and Management 
  • Forensic Marine Science 
  • Estuarine and Coastal Ecology 
  • Fisheries Management 
  • Capstone Experience: Marine Resource Management Internship 

Career Outlook

Marine resource management careers abound throughout the U.S. and beyond.  As modern society places more value on natural resources, the need for professional environmental leaders will grow.  CFK’s unique BS-MRM program is the only baccalaureate degree in the country that prepares graduates to enter the workforce directly as marine resource managers.   

Graduates may work for state or federal entities or for non-profit organizations, leading and contributing to projects such as: marine environmental assessment and monitoring; marine restoration operations in coastal, nearshore, and offshore environments; or managing abiotic cultural resources like archeological sites and artificial reefs.  

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics for the State of Florida indicates that marine resource managers can expect to earn an annual salary on average between $57,752 and $84,032.



Questions? Contact Marissa Owens, Director of Recruitment at 305-809-3207 or