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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Marine Science - Marine Biology Concentration (BS)

University Requirements:

College Requirements:

College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment Breadth Requirements:

The College Breadth Requirements are taken in addition to the University Breadth Requirement. Up to three credits from each of the University Breadth Requirement categories may be used to simultaneously satisfy these College Breadth Requirements. College Breadth courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.  Coursework in each category must represent two different disciplines. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

*note: three credits in each category below can be used to fulfill the University Breadth requirement

  • Six credits of Creative Arts and Humanities .
    • Understanding and appreciation of the visual and performing arts, of aesthetic forms, designs, or craftsmanship, or of literary, philosophical, and intellectual traditions. Courses may focus on a single aesthetic form or intellectual tradition, or cross-cultural comparisons.
  • Six credits of History and Cultural Change .
    • Understanding of the sources and forces of historical changes in ideas, beliefs, institutions, and cultures. Courses may address social, cultural, intellectual, economic, technological, artistic, scientific, and political development, changes in a discipline, or globalization and its effects.
  • Six credits of Social and Behavioral Sciences .
    • Understanding of the behavior of individuals and social groups in the context of their human and natural environments. Courses emphasize the empirical findings, applications, and methods of the social and behavioral sciences.

Foreign Language:

  • Completion of the intermediate-level course (107,112, or 202) in an ancient or modern language with minimum grades of D-.
    • The number of credits (0-12) needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language.
      • Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination  through the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department.

Second Writing Requirement:

A Second Writing Requirement  approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours, completed with a minimum grade of C-, and the section enrolled must be designated as satisfying the requirement in the academic term completed.

Major Requirements:

A minimum grade of C- is required in each of the Major Requirement courses, the Field Experience, and Concentration coursework.


*Courses must be from outside area of concentration

Research/Field Experience:

  • An approved marine science research or field experience that satisfies the University Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) requirement.
    • This requirement could be fulfilled by an approved internship, study abroad, and/or an undergraduate research experience.
    • In order to be approved, Experience MUST include data collection, data analysis, and data reports/field notes.

Three of the following:

Additional courses could be approved to fulfill these requirements. Please contact the director of the undergraduate program.

  • or

  • MAST 621 Coastal Field Biology

  • MAST 618 Marine Microbial Ecology
  • MAST 623 Physiology of Marine Organisms
  • MAST 625 Microbial Physiology and Diversity
  • MAST 630 Ichthyology


Students may opt to take CHEM 321 , CHEM 322 , CHEM 325 , and CHEM 326  in place of CHEM 213 , CHEM 214 , CHEM 215 , and CHEM 216 .


After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree.

Credits to Total a Minimum of 124

Last Revised 2017-2018 Academic Year