Curriculum Requirements

Required Marine Science Courses
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
Select 12 credit hours of electives in Marine Science 1,212
Required Microbiology and Immunology Courses11
Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System
Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System (Lab)
Select one of the following:
Innate Immunity
Select one of the following:
Modern Plagues and Society
Microbial Pathogenesis and Physiology
Microbiology and Immunology Approved Electives13
Modern Plagues and Society
Innate Immunity
Medical Parasitology
Microbial Pathogenesis and Physiology
Fundamental and Medical Virology
Microbiology and Immunology Colloquium (can be taken twice to count toward the 13 MIC elective hours)
Advanced Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Only 6 credit hours of Research in MIC may be applied toward the 13 MIC elective hours
Special Projects in Immunobiology
Special Projects in Parasitology
Special Projects in Pathogenic Bacteriology
Special Projects in Microbial Genetics
Special Projects in Immunogenetics
Special Projects in Virology
Maximum of 3 courses from outside electives can count towards the 13 MIC elective hours
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Techniques in Scanning Electron Microscopy
Electron Microscopy
Microbes and the Environment
Marine Comparative Immunology
Additional Required Courses
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity4
BIL 161Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory1
BMB 401Biochemistry For The Biomedical Sciences4
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I 33
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II 33
CHM 114Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHM 201Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)3
CHM 205Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 202Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)3
CHM 206Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
MTH 161Calculus I 44
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II4
or MTH 172 Calculus II
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
or ENG 106 English Composition II
Select one of the following:4-5
The Earth System
and Earth Processes Lab
Earth System History
Origin and Geology of the Galapagos Islands.
Select one of the following:3-4
Environmental Statistics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Computer Programming I
Computing for Scientists
Select one of the following Options:10-11
Option 1:
University Physics I
University Physics II
and University Physics II Lab
University Physics III
and University Physics III Lab
Option 2:
College Physics I
and College Physics Laboratory I
College Physics II
and College Physics Laboratory II
300+ Level Elective3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
Total Credit Hours133-136

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.


 MSC 465 may double count as both MSC and MIC upper electives.


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


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

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
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours16
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MIC 301 Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System 3
MIC 304 Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System (Lab) 2
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MIC 319 Innate Immunity 3
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
MSC 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
MSC 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory 1
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours17
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture) 3
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MIC 321 Immunobiology 3
MIC Approved Elective 3
Elective #2 3
 Credit Hours18
Junior Year
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture) 3
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
Elective #3 3
MIC Approved Elective 3
MSC Elective 3
 Credit Hours17
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
MSC 216 or 302 Chemical Oceanography Laboratory
or Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
MSC Elective 3
Elective #4 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
BMB 401 Biochemistry For The Biomedical Sciences 4
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
MSC Elective 3
Elective #5 3
Elective #6 3
 Credit Hours17
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab 1
MIC Approved Elective 3
MIC Approved Elective 4
MSC Elective 3
Elective #7 3
 Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours134

 7 elective courses must include:

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