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Marine Science


College: College of Science and Mathematics

Department: Biological Sciences


The undergraduate minor in Marine Science introduces students to the global importance of marine ecosystems, their role in driving global biogeochemical cycles, and their significance to society as a source of food and in regulating climate. Students learn about the ocean’s biodiversity, from microbes to whales; its varied habitats, from intertidal to blue water; and the complex physical and biological processes that shape marine ecosystems.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 18 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.25 or a grade of at least a “C” for each course.

Coursework Overview

Sem. Hrs.
  BIO 4333, Marine Biology
  BIO 4433, Field Experiences in Marine Systems OR
  BIO 4353, Field Techniques: Marine Vertebrates
  PHYS 3043, Atmospheric Dynamics
  BIO 4413, Wildlife Internship
  Electives (select six hours from the following):
   Other courses may be substituted with departmental approval.
     BIO 4323, Marine Mammals
     BIO 4322, Marine Mammals Laboratory
     BIO 4402, Ichthyology
     BIO 4401, Ichthyology Laboratory
     BIO 3322, Invertebrate Zoology
     BIO 3332, Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory
Total Required Hours:

Please consult with your advisor if you plan on pursuing a minor in Marine Science.