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.

SEBS UNDERGRADUATE CORE CURRICULUM (39 credits)

Contemporary Challenges (6 credits) Two courses, one in each of the Contemporary Challenges areas: Diversities and Social Inequalities [CC-D] and Our Common Future [CC-O]

Experience-Based Education (3 credits) Students must participate in a certified experience that meets this goal [EBE]

Natural Sciences (6 credits) Students must take two courses, one each in two of the following areas: physical, biological, or environmental sciences [NS]

Historical Analysis (3 credits) Students must take one course [HST]

Social Analysis (6 credits) SEBS students must complete two courses, one in either social/cultural analysis or economic analysis, and one in governmental and regulatory analysis [SCL]

Arts and Humanities (3 credits) Students must complete one course [AH]

Writing and Communication (6 credits) Students must take 01:355:101 or its equivalent [WC] and one course that fulfills the learning goal, communicate effectively in modes appropriate to a discipline or area of inquiry [WCD].

Quantitative and Formal Reasoning (6 credits) Students must take two courses [QQ; QR]

Major Requirements For All Students Regardless of Matriculation Date

REQUIRED COURSES (12)

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 education requirement.

01:960:401  Basic Statistics for Research (3)

11:628:120  Introduction to Oceanography (3)

11:628:320  Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems (3)

11:628:363  Oceanographic Methods and Data Analysis: Biol/Chem (3) OR 11:628:364  Oceanographic Methods and Data Analysis: Biol/Physical (3)

 

Marine Biology/Biological Oceanography (70-74)

Required Courses (58-59)
01:119:115-116  General Biology I&II (4+4)

01:119:117  Biological Research Lab (2)

01:447:380  Genetics (4) OR 11:776:305 Plant Genetics (4)

01:160:161-162  General Chemistry I&II (4+4)

01:160:171  Introduction to Experimentation (1)

01:160:307-308  Organic Chemistry I&II (4+4)

OR

01:160:209  Elementary Organic Chemistry (3) AND 01:694:301/11:115:301  Introductory Biochemistry (3) AND 01:694:313/11:115:313  Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory (1)

01:640:135-136  Calculus I&II (4+4)

01:750:193-194  Physics for the Sciences I&II (4+4)

11:628:461  Biology of Living in the Ocean: Water Column Ecosystems (3)

11:628:462  Biology of Living in the Ocean: Boundary Ecosystems (3)

Experience-Based Education (6)

One of the following (3-4):
01:146:356  Systems Physiology (3) AND 01:146:357  Systems Physiology Lab. (1)

11:216:360  Animal Physiological Ecology (3)

11:680:481  Microbial Physiology (3)

11:776:382  Plant Physiology (4)

One of the following (3-4):
11:628:321  Ichthyology (4)

11:680:390  General Microbiology (4)

11:216:323  Ornithology (4)

11:216:324  Invertebrate Zoology (4)

11:216:325  Vertebrate Zoology (4)

11:776:400  Fungi in the Environment (3)

One of the following (3-4):
11:628:405  Molecular Microbial Oceanography (3)

11:628:410  Biophysical Interactions: Barnacles to Jellyfish (3)

11:628:476  History of the Earth System (3)

11:670:451  Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Atmosphere (3)

11:216:240  Behavioral Biology (4)

11:216:351  Principles of Ecology (3)

11:216:486  Principles of Evolution (3)

At least 3 credits from the following:
11:628:201-203, 205-210  Topics in Marine Science (1.5)

11:628:309  Fishery Science (3)

11:628:317  Aquaculture (3)

11:628:341  Hydrothermal Vents (3)

11:628:451  Physical Oceanography (4)

11:628:472  Chemical Oceanography (3)

11:628:402  The Role of Polar Regions in the Earth System (3)

11:628:474  Coastal Biogeochemical Cycles in a Changing World (3)