Marine Sciences Faculty

The Marine Sciences Faculty at Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, in Spanish), is responsible of forming human resources at undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Marine Science. Here you will find important information about our faculty, degrees at Oceanology, Environment Sciences and Aquaculture Biotechnology and postgraduate degree at Coastal Oceanography. Also, we’ll bring you information about our research programs and projects.



The Marine Sciences Faculty at Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, in Spanish), is responsible of forming human resources at graduate and postgraduate degree in Marine Science.

In December 1960, Dr. Santos Silva Cota first rector of UABC founded the Superior School of Marine Sciences to form specialists in Marine Sciences to encourage and develop scientific research to solve nationals and state problems in order to extend cultural benefits. Oceanology degree was the first of Marine Sciences School and the first of México and Latin America.

The School of Marine Science change its name to Marine Science Faculty (FCM, in Spanish) in November of 1987 with the University Consul approval, becoming the first faculty at UABC.

Marine Science Faculty accept to develop the first PhD degree in collaboration with Oceanological Research Institute (IIO, in Spanish). In 1990, FCM and IIO created the programs of master and PhD degree of Coastal Oceanography. In 2006 the Specialty at Environmental Management was created with the collaboration of IIO and Sciences Faculty (FC, in Spanish).

Finally, in 2007 the programs of Ambiental Sciences and Aquaculture Biotechnology were created.

All the programs of FCM are accredited by national and international organizations, such as, ANPROMAR and CACEB. The master and PhD degree programs at Coastal Oceanography, also, the Specialty at Environmental Management are in the National Quality Postgraduate Program (PNPC, in Spanish) of CONACyT (National Consul of Science and Technology).


Our mission is to form outstanding professionals at marine science and environment. That are capable to promoting, generating, applying, disseminating and transferring knowledge of natural phenomena and processes in an interdisciplinary way to propose solutions to our greatest environmental challenges. With ethical and rational exploitation of natural resources with global sustainability that leads the diffusion and research of conservation and biodiversity, ocean and human health to development of Baja California society and the Country.


The Marine Science Faculty is recognized by national and international accrediting institutions by forming committed professionals at its high level that are capable of generating, innovating and transferring knowledge. Also, by the link with social, governmental and private sectors with responsibility to increase development of Baja California society and the Country.

Graduate degrees


The Oceanologist graduated from FCM is a professional with multidisciplinary approach, competent to create basic information of marine and coastal systems. Model the dynamics of natural processes and phenomena and impacts related with human activity. Responsible with applying the profession committed with society and the environment.

Ambiental Sciences

The Ambiental Sciences graduate from FCM will have capacity to apply the scientific and technological knowledge in order to solve problems related with environmental topics. Will be able to analyze scientific and technological improvements and collaborate in research groups.

Aquaculture Biotechnology

The Aquaculture biotechnologist from FCM is dedicated to provide solutions to the challenges of aquaculture development and consolidation in México and the rest of the world, that fall on the application of modern culture technologies, proper implementation of regulations for health safety of cultivable organisms and marketing.

Postgraduate degrees

Master and PhD in
Coastal Oceanography

The coastal area presents a wide variety of ecosystems and resources that extent form coastal plains to the break of continental shelf. The problem its presents is very complex and includes oil exploitation, mariculture, recreating, navigating, transport, among others. To the scientist the marine environmental problems are opportunities to generate solutions. This program created postgraduates that are prepared for investigation and resolution of problems related to marine environment and its resources.

The purpose of the program is to promote and reinforce the development of research in marine science. To form scientists qualified to develop basic and applied research in marine science and train professionals of public and private sector to better understating of the ocean and its processes.

Specialty at Environmental

The aim of the Specialty at Environmental Management is to form human resources with high innovative, technological and methodological capacity that allow to understand the fundamentals that define the environmental-society relationship. Likewise, prevent and propose solutions for environmental management field problems, with professional activities that can help the exploitation and conservation of natural resources thru application of prevention and correction instruments of management environmental.

Research lines

At FCM we have several scientific groups formed by consolidate professors and scientists that develop their research line in order to solve several problems including marine environmental, culture and applications to human health. Research lines are:

  • Genetic aquatic resources
  • Animal aquaculture biotechnology
  • Phytoplankton ecology
  • Real time monitoring of coastal zone
  • Geophysical fluids dynamics
  • Synoptic Oceanography
  • Marine nanobiotechnology
  • Coastal geology


The FCM are involved in several research projects that have impact in solve marine and human environmental challenges.

Some of our running projects are:

  • Variability study of the temporal front of Ensenada
  • Palaeoclimatic event record and recent climatic change assessment based on benthic foraminiferal response in the gulf of California and gulf of México.
  • Evaluation of flood risk due to the increase in sea level at coastal zone in Ensenada, Baja California, México.
  • Approach of economic value of microalgae (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest in the coast of Baja California.
  • Oceanographic environmental update of San Quíntin bay, Ensenada, Baja California, México.
  • Factors that shape the intestinal microbiome of the port seal in Baja California: an environmental bioindicator.
  • In vitro cytotoxicity of nanogels charged with extracts isolated from actinobacteria.



Carretera Transpeninsular Ensenada - Tijuana No. 3917
Colonia Playitas C.P. 22860
Ensenada, Baja California, México.

Tel: +52(646) 1528213
E-Mail: direccion.fcm@uabc.edu.mx
Hours: Monday to Friday - 8:00 to 14:00 - 16:00 to 18:00