WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$342 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Marine Science
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biological Sciences
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Marine Science is the scientific study of the marine environment and its interactions with the earth, the biosphere, and the atmosphere. It involves a study of the motion and circulation of ocean waters; the physical and chemical properties of the oceans; and how these properties affect coastal areas, climate, and weather. Marine Science is an interdisciplinary science and integrates the basic principles of biology, chemistry, geology, physics, geophysics, mathematics, Plant and Environmental Biology, zoology, meteorology, and geography. In many aspects, the ocean impact on human life (food source, water reservoir, storms & hurricanes) and it is in turn impacted by human activities (resource exploitation & pollution). Despite scientific progress, knowledge and understanding of the ocean is very limited. For instance, most of the remaining undiscovered natural pharmaceuticals are in the ocean. Marine Science is therefore driven by the need to address practical problems and advance scientific knowledge. To achieve this two-fold objective, the four major areas of Marine Science (Biological Marine Science, Chemical Marine Science, Marine Geology/ Geophysics and Physical Marine Science) are combined with modern instrumentation for in-depth study

Marine Science has assumed a more technological dimension in recent times. Analysis of physical variables such as temperature and salinity as well as other biological and chemical variables can be done electronically. Other studies are conducted via underwater observatories with instruments that record and relay observations to a satellite. Discoveries in Marine Science have also led to advances in other fields. For instance, the science of chaos based on a model of atmospheric circulation and solution, a non-linear wave found in fibre-optic cables and many physical systems arose from Marine Science. Marine Science has also deepened the understanding of the impact of human activities on the oceans. It is now established that with greater than half of the world’s population living within 50 kilometres of the sea; pollution and uncontrolled marine resource use threaten the earth’s physical climate, its patterns of temperature, cloud and rain.

At the end of the programme, graduates are expected to:
• To develop a well-rounded knowledge of the ocean and its phenomena drawn from all the major areas of Marine Science.
• Understand the fundamental principles of Marine Science and related issues of climate and meteorology.
• Develop proficiency in mathematics, physics, biology, geology and chemistry and how they related to the tools, equipment and processes used in the study of Marine Science.
• Be able to engage in fieldwork and conduct a Marine Science study using practical research skills from beginning to completion.
• Demonstrate awareness of the impact of human activities on marine resources and corresponding interventions.


LEVEL 100 (First Year)



Code Title Credits
UGRC 150 Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning 3
ABCS 101 Introductory Animal Biology 3
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 110 Practical Chemistry 1
PHYS 105 Practical Physics 1
PHYS 143 Mechanics and Thermal Physics 2
MATH 101 General Mathematics 3
Total   16



Code Title Credits
UGRC 110 Academic Writing I 3
UGRC 130 Understanding Human Society 3
BOTN 104 Growth of Flowering Plants 3
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 Practical Chemistry 1
PHYS 106 Practical Physics II 1
PHYS 144 Electricity and Magnetism 2
Total   16




Code Title Credits
UGRC 210 Academic Writing II 3
MASC 201 Introductory  Oceanography 3
MASC 203 Aquatic Ecology 3
FISH 201 Introduction to Fisheries Science 3
FISH 203 Introduction to Limnology 3
Total   15



Code Title Credits
UGRC 220-238 Introduction to African Studies 3
MASC 202 Marine Resources and Man 2
MASC 204 Oceanography and Fisheries Practical I 2
FISH 202 Principles of Aquaculture 3
Total   10






Code Title Credits
MASC 311 Nautical Science 3
FISH 317 Introductory Research Methods 3
MASC 327 Oceanography Practical I 2
Total   8
Electives (Select 7-10 credits)
MASC 313 Coastal Wetlands 2
MASC 315 Coastal Geomorphology 2
MASC 319 Marine Non-living Resources and Industry 2


MASC 321 Principles of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System in Marine Science 3
MASC 323 Coastal Tenure and Ethnobiology 2
MASC 325 Aquatic Plants 2
MASC 329 Behaviour of Aquatic Animals 2



Code Title Credits
MASC 326 Oceanography Field Course 4
MASC 328 Oceanography Practical II 2
FISH 332 Industrial Internship 2
Total   8
Electives (Select 7-10 credits)
MASC 312 Marine Ecology I 3
MASC 314 Coastal Hydrology 2
MASC 316 Marine Biogeochemistry 2
MASC 318 Marine Invertebrates and Tetrapods 3
MASC 324 Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation 3






Course Code Course Title Credits
MASC 400 Project 3
MASC 417 Oceanographic Data Management 2
MASC 423 Coastal Management 3
MASC 427 Oceanography Practical III 2
Total   10
Electives (Select 5-8 credits)
MASC 411 Marine Plankton Ecology 2
MASC 413 Marine Benthic Ecology 2
MASC 419 Marine Affairs 2
MASC 421 Marine Hydrography and Cartography 3
MASC 425 Marine Sedimentology 3
MASC 429 Marine Natural Products and Biotechnology 2
MASC 431 Marine Turtle Ecology and Conservation 3
MASC 433 Application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System in Marine Science 3
MASC 435 Waterbird Ecology and Conservation 2
MASC 437 Introductory Coastal Engineering 2
MASC 439 Marine Geochemistry 2
MASC 441 Global Climate Change and the Marine and Coastal Environment 2



Course Code Course Title Credits
MASC 400 Project 3
MASC 428 Oceanography Practical IV 2
Total   5
Electives (Select 10 credits)
MASC 402 Marine Pollution 2
MASC 414 Population Genetics of Marine Organisms 2
MASC 416 Coastal Ecosystems of West Africa 2
MASC 418 Current Research in Oceanography 2
MASC 422 Marine Geophysics 2
MASC 424 Introductory Marine Meteorology 2
MASC 426 Ocean Dynamics and Regional Oceanography 2
Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Elective Mathematics, with at least a C6 in Chemistry

For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science &a Science subject.
Electives: Credit passes in Chemistry, and any two subject. At least one of which should be Biology, Further Mathematics or Physics.

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:

Three (3)’A’ Level subjects comprising:
Chemistry and Biology, and either Mathematics or Physics.

International Baccalaureate:

At least Grade 4 in three (3) HL subjects comprising:
Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), Mathematics (SL) and at least C the IGCSE or equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

Careers in Marine Science include among others;
• Marine Biologist
• Water Quality Specialist
• Environmental Consultant
• Climate Change Researcher

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $342
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,945


Angela M. Lamptey [Bsc., M.Phil, PhD (Ghana)]

Ayaa K. Armah [BSc, (Ghana) PGD, (Halifax) PGD, (Bremen) MSc, (Ghana) MSc, (Newcastle)]
Senior Lecturer (Contract)

Benjamin O. Botwe [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]

Dzidzornnu K. Atsu [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]

Edem Mahu [BSc., PhD (Ghana)]

Elvis Nyarko [BSc, (Ghana) MSc, MPhil (Newcastle) PhD, (Japan)]
Associate Professor

Emmanuel Lamptey [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]

Eunice K. Asamoah [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]
Assistant Lecturer

Francis K. E. Nunoo [BSc, (Ghana) PGD, (Bremen) MSc/MPhil, (Newcastle) PhD, (Ghana)]
Associate Professor

George Wiafe [BSc PhD (Ghana) PGD (Halifax) MPhil (Newcastle)]
Associate Professor

Kwasi Appeaning-Addo [BSc, MPhil (KNUST), PhD (Newcastle)]
Associate Professor

Patrick K. Ofori-Danson [BSc, (Ed) MSc, PhD (Ghana)]
Associate Professor (Contract)

Samuel Addo [BSc MPhil (Ghana) PhD (Auburn)]
Senior Lecturer (Head of Department)

Selorm D. Ababio [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]

Relevant Contact

Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences
Responsible for admission inquiries
Kwasi Appeaning Addo
Head of Department