The undergraduate marine biology curriculum emphasizes a strong foundation in the hard sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) and in mathematics during the freshman and sophomore years. Many elective marine biology courses, typically taken during the junior and senior years, focus on biological aspects of the coastal plain environments, estuaries, and barrier islands of Mississippi. These learning experiences are enhanced by field studies of living organisms in their natural habitats. Other elective courses in the marine biology program stress practical experience with laboratory techniques.
The Department of Biological Sciences has an active program in undergraduate research and all undergraduate marine biology and biological sciences majors are encouraged to participate. Research projects, for which student receive academic credit, are carried out under the direction of BSC faculty members.
Our graduates are well qualified for entry-level (technician) positions in many areas of biological science, not just marine biology. They are also well prepared to pursue advanced degrees or to enter professional programs.
Full admission will be granted to the following:
- All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum of a 3.2 high school GPA on the CPC and a submitted ACT (composite) or SAT score
- All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum of a 2.5 high school GPA on the CPC or a class rank in the top 50 percent, as well as a score of 16 or higher on the ACT (composite) or equivalent SAT score based on the testing concordance in place at the time of the testing date. (Click here and view Table A2)
- All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum of a 2.0 high school GPA on the CPC, as well as a score of 18 or higher on the ACT (composite) or equivalent SAT score based on the testing concordance in place at the time of the testing date. (Click here and view Table A2)
- Students who satisfy the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) standards for student-athletes who are full qualifiers under Division I guidelines
*Based on any SAT taken before March 2016
Strong Freshman applicants will present a 2.5 minimum GPA in core academic subjects. Freshman applicants must complete a required core curriculum of courses during their secondary school education to be admitted to the university. The basic core requirements are:
4 units of English
3 units of mathematics
3 units of sciences
3 units of social studies
2 units of advanced electives
1/2 unit of computer applications
It is understood that most foreign education systems do not follow the same core curriculum as taught in U.S. high schools. Therefore, each applicant will be evaluated on criteria particular to the educational system of the country in which they completed their studies.