Marine Biology

The Marine Biology major focuses its training and experiences on the biological component of Ocean Studies. This major provides instruction in essential biology courses (biology, ecology, physiology, cell biology and genetics) as well as more specialized topics relevant to marine organisms. Graduates may pursue graduate education as well as careers in fisheries, aquaculture, environmental management, consulting, and public education.

Notes:

  • Student must complete both MS150 Calculus I and MS160 Calculus II for the Bachelor of Science degree, but may choose to take MS101 Pre-calculus prior to beginning the MS150/MS160 sequence.

The following sequence of courses will be taken by candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology:

2016/Fall – Undergraduate/Bachelor of Science/Marine Biology

Major Requirements

Credits : 124.00 Min  |  126.00 Max
2.000 Core GPA Minimum
2.000 Overall GPA Minimum
First Year Semester 1
Courses : 4 Min  |  4 Max Credits : 15.00 Min  |  15.00 Max
Course Name Credits
BI101 General Biology I 4.00
CH210 Chemistry I 4.00
HC111 Composition 3.00
OS101 Intro to Marine Science 4.00
Total : 15.00
First Year Semester 2
Courses : 5 Min  |  5 Max Credits : 16.00 Min  |  16.00 Max
Course Name Credits
BI102 General Biology II 4.00
CH220 Chemistry II 4.00
HC112 Humanities I 3.00
MS150 Calculus I 4.00
OS001 OS Seminar I 1.00
Total : 16.00
First Year Sem2 Phys Ed
Courses : 1 Min  |  1 Max Credits : 0.50 Min  |  0.50 Max
Course Name Credits
PE% Any PE Course  (Optional)
First Year Sem2 Swim PE
Courses : 1 Min  |  1 Max Credits : 0.50 Min  |  0.50 Max
Course Name Credits
( PE102 Or Basic Water Skills – 2nd Half  (Optional) 0.50
PE103 Or Skin & Scuba Diving  (Optional) 1.00
PE113 Or Lifeguard Training  (Optional) 1.00
PE114 Or Ocean Survival  (Optional) 0.50
PE123 ) Water Polo  (Optional) 0.50
Total : 0.50 – 1.00
Sophomore Semester 1
Courses : 5 Min  |  5 Max Credits : 17.00 Min  |  17.00 Max
Course Name Credits
BI220 Marine Botany 4.00
CH310 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 4.00
MS160 Calculus II 4.00
OS002 OS Seminar II 1.00
PS102 Technical Physics I 4.00
Total : 17.00
Sophomore Semester 2
Courses : 5 Min  |  5 Max Credits : 17.00 Min  |  17.00 Max
Course Name Credits
BI210 Marine Zoology 4.00
OS003 OS Seminar III 1.00
OS203 Design & Applied Stat In Science 4.00
OS212 Marine Geochemistry 4.00
PS301 Technical Physics III 4.00
Total : 17.00
Soph Sem2 PE Elective
Courses : 1 Min  |  2 Max Credits : 1.00 Min  |  1.00 Max
Course Name Credits
PE% Any PE Course
Junior Semester 1
Courses : 4 Min  |  4 Max Credits : 13.00 Min  |  13.00 Max
Course Name Credits
BI201 Ecology 4.00
BI301 Marine Organism Physiology 4.00
OC210 Physical Oceanography 4.00
OS004 OS Seminar IV 1.00
Total : 13.00
Junior Sem1 Dept Elective
Courses : 1 Min  |  1 Max Credits : 3.00 Min  |  4.00 Max
Course Name Credits
BI% Any BI Course
OS% Any OS Course
Junior Semester 2
Courses : 3 Min  |  3 Max Credits : 9.00 Min  |  9.00 Max
Course Name Credits
BI308 Cell Biology 4.00
OS005 Seminar V 1.00
OS400 Prep for Research in Marine Science 4.00
Total : 9.00
Junior Sem2 Dept Elective
Courses : 1 Min  |  1 Max Credits : 3.00 Min  |  4.00 Max
Course Name Credits
BI% Any BI Course
OS% Any OS Course
Junior Sem2 Hum-SS
Courses : 1 Min  |  1 Max Credits : 3.00 Min  |  3.00 Max
Course Name Credits
EC% Any EC Course
HC% Any HC Course
HMSS% Any Hum/SS Transfer Course
HY% Any HY Course
PY% Any PY Course
Senior Semester 1
Courses : 3 Min  |  3 Max Credits : 8.00 Min  |  8.00 Max
Course Name Credits
HC211 Humanities II 3.00
OS006 OS Seminar VI 1.00
OS401 Research Project 4.00
Total : 8.00
Senior Sem1 Free Elective
Courses : 1 Min  |  1 Max Credits : 3.00 Min  |  3.00 Max
Course Name Credits
% Any Course
Senior Sem1 Hum-SS Elective
Courses : 1 Min  |  1 Max Credits : 3.00 Min  |  3.00 Max
Course Name Credits
EC% Any EC Course
HC% Any HC Course
HMSS% Any Hum/SS Transfer Course
HY% Any HY Course
PY% Any PY Course
Senior Semester 2
Courses : 1 Min  |  1 Max Credits : 3.00 Min  |  3.00 Max
Course Name Credits
BI312 Genetics 3.00
Total : 3.00
Senior Sem2 Free Elective
Courses : 2 Min  |  2 Max Credits : 6.00 Min  |  6.00 Max
Course Name Credits
% Any Course
Senior Sem2 Hum-SS Elective
Courses : 1 Min  |  1 Max Credits : 3.00 Min  |  3.00 Max
Course Name Credits
EC% Any EC Course
HC% Any HC Course
HMSS% Any Hum/SS Transfer Course
HY% Any HY Course
PY% Any PY Course

January Course

Tropical Marine Science (OS325) is currently offered in alternate years during the winter interterm period at a marine laboratory in the Caribbean. Students may register for this course with permission of their advisors and the Department Chair. This course is open to any student meeting the necessary prerequisites (BI210 or BI220, OS101, OS203).