Marine Fisheries - BS

This program provides educational opportunities in the biological sciences, with emphasis of marine management. Ecology, taxonomy, zoogeography, culture, and general biology of commercial species are emphasized. Course offerings are structured to provide not only a strong basis of formal academic instruction but also considerable hands-on field and collection experience by taking advantage of the coastal location of the University. A strong preparation in the sciences is recommended. Marine Fisheries graduates are prepared to work as fisheries managers or research biologists for state and federal agencies, ecological consulting firms, and educational institutions.  Qualified degree recipients may undertake postgraduate studies in resource management, mariculture, systematics, seafood technology, and fisheries economics.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 1,24
CHEM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MATH 142 or MATH 151Business Calculus or Engineering Mathematics I 33
American history 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 1,24
CHEM 102Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
Select one of the following: 33
Finite Mathematics  
Functions, Trigonometry and Linear Systems  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Introduction to Logic  
American history 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
MARB 315Natural History of Vertebrates 14
PHYS 201College Physics 4
POLS 206American National Government 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 238Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
MARB 311Ichthyology 14
PHYS 202College Physics 4
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
MARB 301Genetics 14
MARB 303Biostatistics 13
MARB 312Field Ichthyology 14
MARB 435Marine Invertebrate Zoology 1,44
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
ECON 202Principles of Economics 3
MARB 360Marine Conservation Biology 14
MARS 252Introductory Marine Science Laboratory 1
OCNG 251Oceanography 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
MARB 423Mariculture 14
MARB 425Marine Ecology 14
MARB 445Marine Fisheries Management 14
Creative arts 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing 3
MARB 460Fisheries Population Dynamics 14
MARB 482Seminar in Marine Biology 1,41
Directed electives 57
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

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.


Indicates required courses in the Marine Fisheries major. These courses will be used to compute the major GPR.


 A grade of C or better is required before advancing to upper level courses.


There are two mathematics course requirements. The first is MATH 142 or 151. The other math course shall be selected from MATH 141, 150, 152, or PHIL 240. Depending on the math sequence selected, the number of credit hours may vary by 1 or 2 credits. Credit will not be given for both MATH 151 and MATH 142.


Designated writing intensive course.


 Directed Electives must be selected from MARB 300-499.


The total hours may be increased if the student is required to take remedial math, remedial English, foreign language or International and Cultural Diversity courses.