This option prepares students for professional opportunities in oceanography, the biological sciences, and related fields. It differs from the other four options in requiring students to complete one of several minor and certificate programs offered by the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, either the Professional or Technical Writing Certificate (355), the Minor in Education (300), the Certificate in Professional Youth Work (300), the Certificate in Environmental Geomatics (372), the Minor in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior (374) or the Minor in Fisheries Science (392). This requirement is included in order to ensure that students in this option will acquire a focused set of knowledge and skills to complement their marine science studies, and to help them find employment upon graduation. Students in this option should choose the minor or certificate program that fulfills part of their major requirements no later than in their fourth semester of study at the university. This option is only available to SEBS Students.
Graduation Requirements for the Major
- Students majoring in Marine Science must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0.
- All students in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences must complete the SEBS Core Requirements, plus the additional Major requirements below.
- All students in the School of Arts and Sciences must complete the SAS Core Requirements, plus the additional Major requirements below.
- Professional Ethics: Ethical issues in marine sciences are addressed throughout the program in both introductory and advanced courses, especially within the framework of the experience-based educational requirement.
Directed Marine Studies option
Required courses (credits)
- 01:160:161-162 General Chemistry (4,4)
- 01:160:171 Introduction to Experimentation (1)
NOTE: For students matriculating in Fall 2017 and afterwards, 216:351 and 352 will be electives.
- 11:628:120 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
- 11:628:363 Oceanographic Methods and Data Analysis: Biology and Chemistry (3) or Oceanographic Methods and Data Analysis: Physical Processes (3)
The Biology of Living in the Ocean: Boundary Ecosystems & Processes (3)
NOTE: For students matriculating
- 01:640:135 Calculus (4)
- 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)
Experience-Based Education (3). Consult the Undergraduate Program Director for more information.
One of the following
One of the following
- 11:216:351 Principles of Ecology (3)
At least 3 credits from the following
- 01:959:320 Coral Reef Research (4)Δ
- 11:628:345 Scientific Diving I (3)Δ
- 11:628:346 Scientific Diving II (3)Δ
Δ These courses may alternatively be counted toward the Experience-Based Education requirement.
Completion of a Minor or Certificate Program:
- Professional Writing Certificate (355) or
- Minor in Education (300) or
- Certificate in Professional Youth Work (300) or
- Certificate in Environmental Geomatics (372) or
- Minor in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior (374) or
- Minor in Fisheries Science (392) or
- Minor in Sustainability (962) or
- Minor in Science Communication