Marine Geology Requirements

This option prepares students for graduate study in oceanography, geology, environmental science, or an allied field, as well as for immediate employment. Depending on their choice of electives, students also may fulfill the requirements of a major in geological sciences.

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 Geology 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) 
01:460:101 Introductory Geology (4) 
01:460:102 Introductory Geology: Historical (3) 
01:460:211 Fundamentals of Sedimentary Geology (4) 
01:460:301 Mineralogy (4) or 01:460:210 Fundamentals of Mineralogy and Petrology (4) 
01:460:330 Sedimentary Geology (4)  
01:460:451 Marine Geology (3) 
01:640:151-152 Calculus for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences (4,4) 
11:628:320 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems (4) 
11:628:364 Oceanographic Methods and Data Analysis (3) 
01:750:203-204 General Physics (3,3) 
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 
11:628:451 Physical Oceanography (4) 
11:628:462 Ocean Ecology (4) 
11:628:472 Chemical Oceanography (4) 
One of the following 
01:450:321 Geographic Information Systems (3) 
01:460:303 Paleontology (4) 
01:460:304 Introduction to Geochemistry (4) 
01:460:407 Structural Geology (4) 
01:460:428 Hydrogeology (3) 
01:460:453 Paleoecology (3) 
Or an adviser-approved equivalent  
One of the following  
01:450:403 Advanced Physical Geography (3) 
01:460:306 Introduction to Geophysics (4) 
01:460:417 Environmental Geochemistry (3) 
11:628:401 Science in Shoreline Management (3) 
11:628:476 History of the Earth System (3) 
11:670:451 Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Atmosphere (3) 
Or an adviser-approved equivalent