Marine Biology - BS

This program explores the biological sciences through studies in the marine environment. Students follow a strong well-balanced curriculum in general biology that utilizes examples of local marine flora and fauna to illustrate patterns and processess. Students receive hands-on field sampling experience as well as internship and research opportunities. Students may take electives to emphasize certain interests such as vertebrate zoology, coastal wetlands ecology, conservation, comprehensive biology, fisheries biology, mammalogy, and aquatic animal health. Students may also choose electives useful to pursue medical or veterinary degree programs.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 1,2 4
CHEM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MARB 101 Succeeding in Science 1
MATH 142
Business Calculus 3,4
or Engineering Mathematics I
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 1,2 4
CHEM 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Select one of the following: 4 3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences  
Finite Mathematics  
Functions, Trigonometry and Linear Systems  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Introduction to Logic  
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
MARB 315 Natural History of Vertebrates 2 4
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
POLS 206 American National Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
MARB 303 Biostatistics 2 3
PHYS 202 College Physics 4
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
MARB 301 Genetics 2 4
Marine biology elective 2,5 8
 Semester Credit Hours15
MARB 310 Introduction to Cell Biology 2 4
MARB 435 Marine Invertebrate Zoology 2, 6 4
Marine biology elective 2,5 4
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
MARB 425 Marine Ecology 2 4
MARB 430 Coastal Plant Ecology 2,7,8 4
Earth science elective 7 3
Marine biology elective 2,5 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
MARB 420 Comparative Animal Physiology 2 4
MARB 482 Seminar in Marine Biology 2, 6 1
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Marine biology elective 2,5 4
Creative arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

All electives must be chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the student's academic advisor. Unless courses are specifically listed, see University Core Curriculum at for a listing of course options for Communication; Mathematics; Life and Physical Sciences; Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; American History; Government and Political Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The 6-hour University Core Curriculum requirement for International and Cultural Diversity may be met with courses used to satisfy other degree requirements. Up to 4 hours of MARB 491 and/or MARB 484 may be used as marine biology elective courses in your curriculum. Please consult with your academic advisor.