BSc minor Marine Living Resources (WUMLR)

Global climate change affects living resources in coastal areas, seas and oceans. It influences the balance between resources, their exploitation and other ecosystem services. A sustainable, responsible exploitation of marine resources also requires regulatory frameworks and proper governance.

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The BSc Minor Marine Living Resources (24 credits) focuses on the use and management of living resources in aquatic ecosystems with a particular focus on coastal zones, seas and oceans. It provides an integrated and comprehensive introduction in the biology, ecology and living conditions of the organisms living in the sea; the complex interactions between (marine) life and it's biotic physical and chemical environment; the use and management of these resources for food, nature conservation or recreation and the social-ecological dimensions of governance processes for seas and oceans. It integrates concepts and analytical techniques from different scientific areas such as marine biology, marine ecology, aquaculture and fisheries and marine policy.

The minor offers a window for undergraduate students prepare to for an admission to the MSc programme Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University with the specializations at MSc level in the area of Aquaculture, Marine Resources and Ecology, Marine Governance or in another MSc programme at Wageningen University.

NOTE: This minor contains a course with a maximum number of students participants. If you want to follow this minor as a "Bijvak or "exchange" student make sure you also choose an alternative course (and register this course in the form). That way you have an alternative if you cannot participate in this course. The information on if a course has a maximum number of participants can be found via the overview of the courses in the minor.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:

  • understand the biological, ecological, technological and socio-economic key disciplines related to marine life, its use and exploitation and sustainable management of marine resources;
  • understand the morphological, physiological, behavioural and ecological adaptations of marine organisms and how they contribute to complex ecosystem functions;
  • understand how both natural and human induced changes and governance affect marine resources;
  • analyse and measure marine organisms, marine ecosystem processes, complex marine ecosystem and fisheries problems, and governance issues;
  • integrate and use knowledge and skills of the mentioned disciplines in specific cases of coastal and marine resources exploration, exploitation and management.

Target group

This minor is interesting for all BSc students interested in marine and aquatic resources.

Overlapping courses or content with

BDW-B Animal Sciences– major Aquatic Organisms

Assumed Knowledge

The minor is interesting for all BSc students interested in marine and aquatic resources with a basic knowledge of life sciences.




Second semester (period 4, 5 and 6)

Programme or thematic

Thematic minor