Curriculum Requirements

Marine Science
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MSC 215Chemical Oceanography3
MSC 230Introduction to Marine Biology3
MSC 301Introduction to Physical Oceanography3
MSC 302Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab1
MSC 321Scientific Programming in the Atmospheric Sciences3
MSC 216Chemical Oceanography Laboratory1
or MSC 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory
Select 9 credit hours of electives in Marine Science 19
Other Required Courses
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
CSC 120Computer Programming I4
CSC 220Computer Programming II4
CSC 314Computer Organization and Architecture3
CSC 322System Programming3
CSC 431Introduction To Software Engineering3
Select 6 credit hours of approved electives, as described for Computer Science majors6
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 II 34
or MTH 172 Calculus II
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 309Discrete Mathematics I3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Select one of the following3
Environmental Statistics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
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
300+ Level Elective3
Additional Elective3
Total Credit Hours126-128

At least 6 of which must be at the 300-level or higher. MSC204 does not satisfy the MSC elective requirement but does satisfy the Statistics requirement.


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


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

Sample Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
CSC 120 Computer Programming I 4
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
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
CSC 220 Computer Programming II 4
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CSC 314 Computer Organization and Architecture 3
MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours16
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
MSC 302 Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab 1
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
Elective #2 3
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
MTH 309 Discrete Mathematics I 3
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
MSC Course 3
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours17
CSC 322 System Programming 3
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
MSC 216 Chemical Oceanography Laboratory 1 1
MSC 321 Scientific Programming in the Atmospheric Sciences 3
Elective #4 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
MSC 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
CSC Course 3
CSC Course 3
Elective #5 3
Elective #6 3
 Credit Hours15
CSC 431 Introduction To Software Engineering 3
MSC Course 3
MSC Course 3
Elective #7 3
Elective #8 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours127

 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

 Students must take one laboratory from MSC 216, MSC 232.