Marine Sciences - BS, Physical Marine Science Track

The Marine Sciences curriculum concentrates on the physical and chemical science aspects of the estuarine, coastal, and marine environment. The coastal location of the campus enables students to acquire extensive hands-on field experience in addition to a solid base of academic instruction in chemistry, geology, physics, biology, and mathematics. All marine science majors take five semesters of oceanography and an integrated, field-oriented laboratory class. In the senior year students will participate in 2 semesters of research with the faculty. The physical track allows the student to focus on the currents, mixing and other physical aspects of marine sciences, preparing them to enter graduate programs in Oceanography or related disciplines or to work in companies that need expertise in this area.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 4
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
MARS 101Marine Science Matters 21
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Communication 3
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 4
OCNG 251
MARS 252
and Introductory Marine Science Laboratory 2
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 3
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
MARS 210Marine Geography 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
MATH 308Differential Equations 3
American history 3
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
MARS 281Sophomore Seminar in Marine Sciences 1,21
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
MARS 303Computing and Data Display 23
OCNG 420Biological Oceanography 23
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Track elective 33
MARS 410Physical Oceanography 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Creative arts 3
MARS 430 or MARS 431Geological Oceanography-Plate Tectonics or Geological Oceanography-Earth's Climate 1,23
MARS 440Chemical Oceanography 23
Track elective 33
MARS 365Integrated Marine Sciences Laboratory 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
MARS 460Capstone Undergraduate Research Experience I 21
MARS 491Research in Marine Sciences 22
MARS 325Introduction to GIS for Marine Sciences 23
POLS 206American National Government 3
Track elective 33
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
MARS 481Seminar 21
MARS 461Capstone Undergraduate Research Experience II 21
MARS 491Research in Marine Sciences 22
American history 3
General elective 45
Track elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

Writing intensive course. 


Courses counts toward major GPR.


Select courses from ATMO 363,  MARS 408, MARS 415, MARS 470MARS 489, MATH 304, MATH 311, MATH 401PHYS 300-499, STAT 303.


3 hours must be International and Cultural Diversity.