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 216Chemical Oceanography Laboratory1
or MSC 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory
Select 12 credit hours of electives in Marine Science 112
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
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.
MTH 161Calculus I 34
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II 34
or MTH 172 Calculus II
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 211Calculus III3
or MTH 310 Multivariable Calculus
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Select one of the following3-4
Environmental Statistics
Computer Programming I
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
PHY 205University Physics I3
PHY 206University Physics II3
PHY 207University Physics III3
PHY 208University Physics II Lab1
PHY 209University Physics III Lab1
PHY 321Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
PHY 340Classical Mechanics I3
PHY 350Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism3
PHY 351Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II3
PHY 360Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHY 362Modern Physics Honors Seminar1
PHY 540Classical Mechanics II3
PHY 560Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics I3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
300+ Level Elective3
Additional Elective3
Total Credit Hours127-129

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.


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
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
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore Year
MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
MTH 211 Calculus III 3
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
Elective #2 3
 Credit Hours16
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
MSC 302 Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab 1
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab 1
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
MSC 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
PHY 360 Introduction to Modern Physics 3
PHY 350 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism 3
Elective #4 3
 Credit Hours16
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
MSC 216 Chemical Oceanography Laboratory 1
PHY 321 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory 3
PHY 340 Classical Mechanics I 3
Elective #5 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
PHY 362 Modern Physics Honors Seminar 1
PHY 540 Classical Mechanics II 3
PHY 560 Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics I 3
Elective #6 3
MSC Course 3
MSC Course 3
 Credit Hours16
PHY 351 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II 3
Elective #7 3
Elective #8 3
MSC Course 3
MSC Course 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