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

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.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science3
H. Mathematics 0
Fulfilled in the major.
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Fulfilled in the major.0
J. Physical Education1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Total Credits35

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages3-6
World Cultures0-3
Total Credits3-9

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements35
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements (including Graduate swing courses)78-79
Free Electives4-0
Total Credits120-123

Major Requirements

Requirements for the graduate portion of this combined program can be found here.
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 Applied Calculus A
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Statistics Collateral
STAT 230Data Science and Statistics3
Graduate Courses 1
AQUA 551Advanced Aquatic Biological Processes3
BIOL 570Ecology3
EAES 505Environmental Geoscience3
or EAES 526 Geochemistry
Total Credits78-79

Major Electives

BIMS 490Field Methods in the Marine Sciences4
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

This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
 Total Credits10