Marine Biology at Northeastern vs. URI, 5 year combined masters, etc.
Looking for feedback from those knowledgeable about marine biology and kind enough to respond, in particular @warblersrule
DD will likely attend URI's College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) where they offer a wide variety of environmental science programs including marine biology, marine affairs, oceanography etc. She is leaning towards a dual major, one of which would be marine bio with a more general environmental science major or perhaps wild life conservation and biology. URI also offers a combined 5 year BS/MA program in Marine Biology and Oceanography. I understand from the forum that generally one needs a graduate degree in order to become a Marine biologist.
Here are my questions ...
1) as an undergraduate in marine biology, which second major would you recommend in order to round out DD's undergraduate education? Something within CELS or in a completely different area of study in another school at URI?
2) what are your thoughts about URI's combined 5 year BS/MA program? It's an intriguing option from our perspective but would appreciate some feedback:
3) DD has a guaranteed transfer offer from Northeastern for sophomore year. How do NU's marine biology and environmental science programs stack up against URI and would it be worth it for her to consider transferring sophomore year? Though money is not the most important factor, I should point out DD has a generous merit scholarship at URI but would be unlikely to receive merit money at Northeastern and we do not qualify for financial aid.