Curriculum Requirements

Marine Science
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MSC 215Chemical Oceanography3
MSC 216Chemical Oceanography Laboratory1
MSC 230Introduction to Marine Biology3
MSC 301Introduction to Physical Oceanography3
MSC 232Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory1
or MSC 302 Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab
MSC Electives 1, 212
Other Required Courses
BMB 401Biochemistry For The Biomedical Sciences 24
Select one of the following:5
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Evolution and Biodiversity
and Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I 23
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II3
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 114Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHM 201Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)3
CHM 202Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)3
CHM 205Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 206Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHM 214Quantitative Analytical Chemistry3
CHM 316Instrumental Analytical Chemistry3
CHM 320Instrumental Methods in Chemistry and Biochemistry2
CHM 360Physical Chemistry I (Lecture)3
CHM 364Physical Chemistry (Laboratory I)1
CHM 365Physical Chemistry II (Lecture)3
CHM 441Inorganic Chemistry (Lecture)3
Select one of the following:3
The Chemistry of Food and Taste.
Environmental Chemistry 3
Any 500-level Chemistry course as described for Chemistry BS majors
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 34
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II4
or MTH 172 Calculus II
Select one of the following:
Environmental Statistics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Computer Programming I
Computing for Scientists
Select one of the following Options:10
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
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
Additional Elective3
Total Credit Hours121-123

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.


CHM 401 also fills an MSC elective requirement.


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

Sample Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours15
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore Year
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture) 3
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
Elective #2 3
 Credit Hours15
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture) 3
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
MSC 216 Chemical Oceanography Laboratory 1
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
CHM 214 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM 360 Physical Chemistry I (Lecture) 3
CHM 364 Physical Chemistry (Laboratory I) 1
MSC 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
Elective #4 3
 Credit Hours16
CHM 316 Instrumental Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM 365 Physical Chemistry II (Lecture) 3
CHM 320 Instrumental Methods in Chemistry and Biochemistry 2
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
MSC Course 3
MSC Course 3
 Credit Hours17
Senior Year
BMB 401 Biochemistry For The Biomedical Sciences 4
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
Elective #5 3
Elective #6 3
MSC Course 3
 Credit Hours17
CHM 441 Inorganic Chemistry (Lecture) 3
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
MSC 302 Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab 1 1
CHM Course 3
Elective #7 3
MSC Course 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours125

 7 elective courses must include:

  • 3 Arts and Humanities Cognate courses
  • 3 People and Society Cognate courses

 Students must take one laboratory from MSC 232, MSC 302.