Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences Major (B.S.)

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. 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.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements35
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements70-74
Free Electives 112-2
Total Credits120

Major 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
Field Methods in the Marine Sciences
Biology Independent Research
Independent Study in Geoscience
Major Electives
Select three courses from the list below. 28-12
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
Total Credits70-74

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

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by collateral mathematics requirement in the major.
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Principles of Biology II (Fulfilled in the major.)
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits35

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

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

 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
 Credits4
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits10