Marine Biology/Biological Oceanography Requirements

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) 
01:160:161-162 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)]
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) 
01:640:135-136 Calculus (4,4) 
01:750:193-194 Physics for the Sciences (4,4) or [01:750:203-204 General Physics (3,3) and 01:750:205-206 General Physics Laboratory (1,1)] 
01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3) 
Experience-Based Education Special Problems in Marine Science 11:628:49_ (credits by arrangement) or adviser-approved equivalent independent research or cooperative education placement which includes both oral and written presentations of scientific results. Requirement for SEBS students is 6 credits total; for SAS students 3 credits total. 
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) 
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) 
11:216:486 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)