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Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and concentration in: Marine Biology (Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and concentration in: Marine Biology )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Cost TUITION & FEES $7,863

In the Biological Sciences Department, you can choose a major or minor in Biology, Botany, or Zoology. Students who major in Biology may elect to specialize in one of several concentrations: Cellular/Molecular Biology, Ecology, General Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology, or Science Education (Life Science Teacher Preparation). All majors emphasize hands-on learning and personal interaction with faculty members. Many courses take advantage of the outstanding natural environment surrounding Humboldt State. Programs are structured to allow latitude for student choice in developing a program suitable to individual needs. There are also many opportunities for independent and faculty-mentored studies.

HSU graduates have an excellent record of acceptance into the top graduate schools in the country, as well as directly starting careers in a variety of wide-ranging and growing biological fields. Students interested in health-related professions should refer also to Pre-Professional Health Programs in the HSU catalog.


  • Diverse faculty committed to undergraduate education and mentorship.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Wide-ranging courses and opportunities, including numerous specialized topics.
  • Emphasis on hands-on learning.
  • Excellent facilities available for undergraduates, including the Telonicher Marine Laboratory; ocean-going research vessel, The Coral Sea; Biotechnology Laboratory; Greenhouses; Vertebrate Museum; Herbarium; Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes; HSU Natural History Museum; and the CNRS Core Research Facility.
  • Outstanding natural environments including ocean and estuarine areas, undeveloped coastal dunes, redwood forests, alpine and subalpine forests, and numerous state and national parks and forests.
  • Rigorous coursework designed to prepare students for active careers and graduate study.

Core Courses (for all concentrations)

Lower Division (33-34 units)

BIOL 105 (4) Principles of Biology

BOT 105 (4) General Botany

CHEM 109 (5) General Chemistry I

CHEM 110 (5) General Chemistry II

MATH 105 (3) Calculus for the Biological Sciences & Natural Resources, or

MATH 109 (4) Calculus I

PHYX 106 (4) College Physics: Mechanics & Heat

STAT 109 (4) Introductory Biostatistics

ZOOL 110 (4) Introductory Zoology Upper Division (8 units)

BIOL 307 (4) Evolution

BIOL 340 (3) Genetics, and

BIOL 340L (1) Genetics Lab

Marine Biology Concentration Core courses plus:

Lower Division

BIOL 255 (3) Marine Biology

CHEM 228 (4) Brief Organic Chemistry

OCN 109/109L (3/1) General Oceanography/Lab

PHYX 107 (4) College Physics: Electromagnetism & Modern Physics, or

PHYX 118 (1) College Physics: Biological Applications Take all lower division courses before beginning upper division work. Upper Division

BIOL 330 (4) Principles of Ecology

BOT 356 (4) Phycology

FISH 310 (4) Ichthyology

ZOOL 314 (5) Invertebrate Zoology

BIOL 430 (3) Intertidal Ecology, or

OCN 310 (4) Biological Oceanography

BIOL 350 (3) Cell Biology, or

BOT 310 (4) Gen. Plant Physiology, or

ZOOL 310 (4) Animal Physiology

One of the following:

BIOL 490 (1-2) Senior Thesis, or

BIOL 498 (2) Marine Biology Capstone Research, or

BIOL 499 (1-2) Directed Study At least one advanced marine biology elective from the following list, or from any optional course NOT taken above.

BIOL 418 (3) Marine Microbiology

BOT 553 (3) Marine Macrophyte Ecology FISH 375 (3) Mariculture

FISH 435 (4) Biology of Marine Fishes

OCN 410 (3) Zooplankton Ecology ZOOL 530 (3) Benthic Ecology

ZOOL 552 (3) Advanced Invertebrate Zoology

ZOOL 556 (4) Marine Mammalogy

Structurele componenten
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work

ISCED Categories

Fysische en chemische oceanografie