This option prepares students for professional opportunities or graduate study in oceanography or the biological sciences. Concentrations within the option permit students to focus on different levels of biological organization: at the molecular, cellular, organismic, community, or ecosystem level. Depending on their choice of electives, students also may fulfill the requirements of a major in the biological sciences or ecology and natural resources.

Graduation Requirements for the Major

  • Students majoring in Marine Science must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0.
  • All students in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences must complete the SEBS Core Requirements, plus the additional Major requirements below.
  • All students in the School of Arts and Sciences must complete the SAS Core Requirements, plus the additional Major requirements below.
  • Professional Ethics: Ethical issues in marine sciences are addressed throughout the program in both introductory and advanced courses, especially within the framework of the experience-based educational requirement.
Marine Biology/Biological Oceanography option
Required courses (credits)
- 01:119:115-116 General Biology (4,4)
- 01:119:117 Biological Research Laboratory (2)
- 01:447:380 Genetics (4) or 11:776:305 Plant Genetics (4)
- 01:160:161-162 General Chemistry (4,4)
- 01:160:171 Introduction to Experimentation (1)
- 01:160:307-308 Organic Chemistry (4,4) or [01:160:209 Elementary Organic Chemistry (3) and 11:115:301 Introduction to Biochemistry (3) and 11:115:313 Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory (1)]
- 01:640:135-136 Calculus (4, 4)
- 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)
- 01:750:193-194 Physics for Sciences (4, 4)
- 11:628:120 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
- 11:628:320 Dynamics Marine Ecosystems (4)
- 11:628:363 Oceanographic Methods Data Analysis: Biol & Chem (3) or 11:628:364 Oceanographic Methods Data Analysis: Geophysical (3)
- 11:628:461 Biology Ocean: Water Column Ecosystems (3)
- 11:628:462 Biology Ocean: Boundary Ecosystems (3)
Experience-Based Education (6). Consult the Undergraduate Program Director for more information.
- 01:146:356-357 Systems Physiology (3) and Systems Physiology Laboratory (1)
- 11:216:360 Animal Physiological Ecology (3)
- 11:680:481 Microbial Physiology (3)
- 11:776:382 Plant Physiology (4)
One of the following
- 11:216:323 Ornithology (4)
- 11:216:324 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
- 11:216:325 Vertebrate Zoology (4)
- 11:628:321 Ichthyology (4)
- 11:680:390 General Microbiology (4)
- 11:776:400 Fungi in the Environment (3)
One of the following
- 11:216:240 Behavioral Biology (4)
- 11:216:351 Principles of Ecology (3)
- 11:216:486 Principles of Evolution (3)
- 11:628:405 Molecular Oceanography (3)
- 11:628:410 Biophysical Interactions: from Barnacles to Jellyfish (3)
- 11:628:476 History of the Earth System (3)
- 11:670:451 Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Atmosphere (3)
At least 3 credits from the following
- 11:628:2__ Topics in Marine Science (1.5)Δ
- 01:959:320 Coral Reef Research (4)Δ
- 11:628:309 Fishery Science (3)
- 11:628:317 Aquaculture (3)Δ
- 11:628:341 Hydrothermal Vents (3)
- 11:628:345 Scientific Diving I (3)Δ
- 11:628:346 Scientific Diving II (3)Δ
- 11:628:451 Physical Oceanography (4)
- 11:628:472 Chemical Oceanography (4)
Δ These courses may alternatively be counted toward the Experience-Based Education requirement.