Curriculum Requirements

Marine Science
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MSC 215Chemical Oceanography3
MSC 230Introduction to Marine Biology3
MSC 232Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory1
MSC 301Introduction to Physical Oceanography3
MSC 216Chemical Oceanography Laboratory1
or MSC 302 Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab
MSC Electives 112
Other Required Courses
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity4
BIL 161Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory1
BIL 250Genetics3
BIL 255Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIL 330Ecology3
BIL 360Comparative Physiology3
Select 9 credit hours of electives as described for Biology majors 29
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I 33
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II 33
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 114Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHM 201Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)3
CHM 205Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
or ENG 106 English Composition II
Select one of the following:3-5
The Earth System
and Earth Processes Lab
Earth System History
Origin and Geology of the Galapagos Islands.
MTH 161Calculus I 44
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II4
or MTH 172 Calculus II
Select one of the following:3-4
Environmental Statistics
Biostatistics
Computer Programming I
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics
Select one of the following Options: 510
Option 1:
University Physics I
University Physics II
University Physics III
University Physics II Lab
University Physics III Lab
Option 2:
University Physics I for the Sciences
University Physics II for the Sciences
College Physics Laboratory I
College Physics Laboratory II
Option 3:
College Physics I
College Physics II
College Physics Laboratory I
College Physics Laboratory II
Electives
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
300+ Level Approved Science or Mathematics Elective3
300+ Level Elective3
Additional Elective3
Total Credit Hours127-130
1

At least 6 of which must be at the 300-level or higher. MSC 204 does not satisfy the MSC elective requirement but does satisfy the Statistics requirement.

2

The electives must include at least one lab or field based course. One advanced biology course may fulfill requirements in both Biology and Marine Science.

3

Principles of Chemistry I and II must be passed with a grade of “C-” or higher. 

4

Calculus I must be passed with a grade of “C-” or higher.

5

Option 1 or 2 is recommended for Physics.

Sample Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
Fall
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
MSC 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
MSC 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory 1
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
BIL 250 Genetics 3
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
Elective #2 3
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
Fall
BIL 255 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture) 3
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
BIL Course 3
Elective #4 3
MSC Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BIL 330 Ecology 3
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture) 3
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
MSC Course 3
Elective #5 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
Fall
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
BIL 360 Comparative Physiology 3
BIL Course 3
MSC Course 3
Elective #6 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
MSC 302 Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab 1 1
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
BIL/MSC Course 3
Elective #7 3
Elective #8 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours126
*

 8 elective courses must include:

  • 3 Arts and Humanities Cognate courses
  • 3 People and Society Cognate courses
  • 1 Course (3 credits) at the 300+ level
1

 Students must take one laboratory from MSC 216, MSC 302.