Directed Marine Studies Requirements

This option prepares students for professional opportunities in oceanography, the biological sciences, and related fields. It differs from the other four options in requiring students to complete one of several minor and certificate programs offered by the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, either the Professional or Technical Writing Certificate (355), the Minor in Education (300), the Certificate in Professional Youth Work (300), the Certificate in Environmental Geomatics (372), the Minor in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior (374) or the Minor in Fisheries Science (392). This requirement is included in order to ensure that students in this option will acquire a focused set of knowledge and skills to complement their marine science studies, and to help them find employment upon graduation. Students in this option should choose the minor or certificate program that fulfills part of their major requirements no later than in their fourth semester of study at the university. This option is only available to SEBS Students.

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.
Directed Marine Studies option  
Required courses (credits) 
01:119:115-116 General Biology (4,4) 
01:119:117 Biological Research Laboratory (2) 
01:160:161-162 General Chemistry (4,4) 
01:160:171 Introduction to Experimentation (1) 
11:216:351 Principles of Ecology (3) 
11:216:352 Principles of Ecology Laboratory (1) 
01:447:380 Genetics (4) or 11:776:305 Plant Genetics (4) 
11:628:320 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems (4) 
11:628:364 Oceanographic Methods and Data Analysis (3) 
11:628:462 Ocean Ecology (4) 
01:640:135 Calculus (4) 
01:750:193-194 Physics for the Sciences (4,4) 
01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3) 
Experience-Based Education Special Problems in Marine Science 11:628:49_ (3 credits) or adviser-approved equivalent independent research or cooperative education placement which includes both oral and written presentations of scientific results. One of the following 
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) 
01:447:390 General Microbiology (4) 
11:628:321 Ichthyology (4) 
11:776:400 Fungi in the Environment (3) 
One of the following 
11:216:240 Behavioral Biology (4) 
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 
11:628:304 Coral Reef Ecology (3) 
11:628:305 Tropical Marine Conservation (4)Δ 
11:628:309 Fishery Science (3) 
11:628:317 Aquaculture (3)Δ 
11:628:340 Identification of Marine Invertebrates (2)Δ 
11:628:341 Hydrothermal Vents (3) 
11:628:342 Marine Conservation (3) 
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. 
Completion of a Minor or Certificate Program: 
Professional Writing Certificate (355) or 
Minor in Education (300) or 
Certificate in Professional Youth Work (300) or  
Certificate in Environmental Geomatics (372) or  
Minor in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior (374) or  
Minor in Fisheries Science (392)