Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences Major (B.S.) (Combined B.S./M.S.)

Director: Paul Bologna

Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences represent the wide variety of ecosystems that are linked through water. The study of Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences encompasses freshwater lakes and streams, estuaries, and coastal marine habitats. These habitats are critical for numerous plants and animals, but they can be compromised by human activities. Students who pursue this major are interested in understanding the relationships among plants, animals and humans and how to protect and restore these valuable ecosystems.

This major is an interdisciplinary program of study emphasizing the four core sciences of biology, geology, chemistry, and physics. This is a combined BS/MS program where students will be engaged in both class work and research, culminating in the development and completion of the Master's Thesis. Students completing this program will be well prepared to enter the work force in research, environmental consulting, education and regulatory agencies (e.g., EPA), as well as in non-profit organizations. Additionally, students will be prepared to undertake further graduate work.

The curriculum was designed for students who have had high school biology, chemistry, and physics, and three years of college preparatory mathematics.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Major Requirements
AQUA 351Aquatic Biological Processes4
BIMS 220Introduction to Marine Biology4
BIOL 113Principles of Biology II4
BIOL 213Introduction to Ecology4
EAES 105Physical Geology4
EAES 230Hydrology3
EAES 322Environmental Geochemistry3
Select one of the following:4
Research in Aquatic and Coastal Sciences
Biology Independent Research
Field Methods in the Marine Sciences
Independent Study in Geoscience
Major Electives
Select two courses from the list (see below)7-8
Collateral Requirements
Chemistry Collateral
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 232Experimental Organic Chemistry I2
Physics Collateral
Select one of the following sequences:8
University Physics I
and University Physics II
College Physics I
and College Physics II
Mathematics Collateral
Select one of the following sequences:8
Applied Precalculus
and Calculus A
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Statistics Collateral
STAT 401Applied Statistics for the Sciences3
Graduate Courses 1
AQUA 551Advanced Aquatic Biological Processes3
BIOL 570Ecology3
EAES 505Environmental Geoscience3
or EAES 526 Geochemistry
Total Credits78-79

These courses will also count toward the MS portion of this program.

Major Electives

BIMS 490Field Methods in the Marine Sciences4
BIOL 256Applied Environmental Microbiology3
BIOL 380Genetics4
BIOL 460Biological Oceanography3
BIOL 461Aquatic Ecology3
BIOL 467Biology of the Fishes4
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 233Experimental Organic Chemistry II2
CHEM 310Analytical Chemistry5
EAES 210Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing3
EAES 310Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
EAES 311Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of Environment3
EAES 331Geohydrology3
EAES 340Sedimentology4
EAES 341Principles of Soil Science3
EAES 451Coastal Marine Geology4
EAES 456Physical Oceanography4