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
Select two of the following:2
Chemical Oceanography Laboratory
Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab
Select 12 credit hours of electives in Marine Science 1,212
Additional 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 33
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II3
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 114Chemistry Laboratory II1
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
or ENG 106 English Composition II
GSC 110The Earth System3
GSC 111Earth System History4
GSC 114Earth Processes Lab2
GSC 260Earth Materials4
GSC 360Depositional and Diagenetic Systems4
GSC 380Paleontology and Stratigraphy4
GSC 410Environmental Geochemistry3
or GSC 420 Geophysics
GSC 440Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GSC 480Structural Geology4
GSC 482Field Methods2
GSC 561Colloquium - Current Topics in the Geosciences1
GSC 580Summer Field Geology4
MTH 161Calculus I 44
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II4
or MTH 172 Calculus II
Choose one of the following:3-4
Environmental Statistics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Environmental Statistics
Computer Programming I
Computing for Scientists
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 Elective3
Additional Elective3
Total Credit Hours130-131
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

One course in Geological Sciences may fulfill requirements in both Marine Science and Geology.

3

Principles of Chemistry  I 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
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
GSC 110 The Earth System 3
GSC 114 Earth Processes Lab 2
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
 Credit Hours16
Spring
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
GSC 260 Earth Materials 4
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
GSC 380 Paleontology and Stratigraphy 4
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
MSC 216 Chemical Oceanography Laboratory 1 1
Elective #2 3
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
Fall
GSC 360 Depositional and Diagenetic Systems 4
MSC 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
MSC 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory 1 1
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
Elective #4 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
GSC 480 Structural Geology 4
GSC 482 Field Methods 2
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
Elective #5 3
MSC Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Summer
GSC 580 Summer Field Geology 4
 Credit Hours4
Senior Year
Fall
GSC 410 Environmental Geochemistry 3
GSC 561 Colloquium - Current Topics in the Geosciences 1
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
MSC Course 3
MSC Course 3
Elective #6 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
GSC 440 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
MSC Course 3
Elective #7 3
Elective #8 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours130
*

 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 two laboratories from MSC 216, MSC 232, MSC 302.