Marine Science/Microbiology and Immunology

The Marine Science/Microbiology and Immunology degree is a Bachelor of Science degree (BSMAS) that is designed to give students a strong background in molecular and cellular aspects of microbial pathogenesis and immune defenses. The ocean, which is teeming with microbes, is explored to highlight the complex biological interactions between microbes and their hosts and the environmental factors that influence these relationships. This program is ideal for students interested in the relationship between the ocean and human health and medicine as well as those interested in pursuing a pre-medical or pre-veterinary track.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to work with the faculty and are able to earn course credit by conducting independent research under the supervision of leading scientists in their field. Research encompasses ocean and human health, medicine, and molecular and cellular aspects of microbial pathogenesis and immune defenses.

The Bachelor of Science double major in Marine Science/Microbiology and Immunology prepares students for admission to graduate programs and for careers in teaching and research as well as for technical careers in government and private industries concerned with the oceans.

Curriculum Requirements

Marine Science
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MSC 215Chemical Oceanography3
MBE 230Introduction to Marine Biology3
MBE 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 approved RSMAS electives within MBE, MSC, OCE or RSM courses 1, 212
Required Microbiology and Immunology Courses11
Take the following:
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
Medical Parasitology
Microbial Pathogenesis and Physiology
Fundamental and Medical Virology
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
Advanced Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Only 6 credit hours of Research in MIC may be applied toward the 16 MIC elective hours, any credits over 6 count as elective credits toward the 120 credits required for graduation or 150 credits for dual degree seeking students.
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 2 course from outside electives can count towards the 13 MIC elective hours
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Marine Comparative Immunology 2
Microbes and the Environment
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 121Principles of Chemistry 34
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 221Introduction to Structure and Dynamics4
CHM 205Chemical Dynamics Laboratory1
CHM 222Organic Reactions and Synthesis4
CHM 206Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory2
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:3-4
The Earth System
Earth System History
Origin and Geology of the Galapagos Islands.
Select one of the following:3-4
Environmental Statistics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Foundations of Computational Marine Science
Computer Programming I
Select one of the following options: 510
Option 1:
University Physics I for the Sciences
College Physics Laboratory I
University Physics II for the Sciences
College Physics Laboratory II
Option 2:
University Physics I
University Physics II
University Physics III
University Physics II Lab
University Physics III Lab
Option 3:
College Physics I
and College Physics Laboratory I
College Physics II
and College Physics Laboratory II
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
Total Credit Hours129-131

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours16
MIC 301 Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System 3
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
MBE 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
MBE 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory 1
MIC 304 Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System (Lab) 2
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours16
MIC 321 Immunobiology 3
MIC 323 Microbial Pathogenesis and Physiology 3
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
MSC Course 3
MIC Approved Elective 3
CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis 4
CHM 206 Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory 2
PHY 201 University Physics I for the Sciences 4
PHY 106 College Physics Laboratory I 1
 Credit Hours17
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
MIC Approved Elective 3
PHY 202 University Physics II for the Sciences 4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
Elective #2 3
 Credit Hours17
Senior Year
MSC 216 Chemical Oceanography Laboratory 1 1
MBE 465 Marine Comparative Immunology 3
BMB 401 Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences 4
MSC Course 3
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours14
MSC Course 3
MIC Approved Elective 4
ELecitve #4 3
Elective #5 3
Elective # 6 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours127


The mission of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is to deepen our collective knowledge of our planet through cutting-edge scientific research on the oceans, atmosphere, geology, biota, and the human dimension, while training the next generation of scientists. We transfer the knowledge gained to our students, the national and international scientific community, and to policymakers and the public.

The educational mission of the BS degree in Marine Science at the University of Miami is to graduate students with the ability and desire to integrate knowledge of marine science into their future careers. 


Students completing this double major will be able to master a broad set of fundamental scientific knowledge in Marine Science and Microbiology and Immunology, acquire valuable technical skills and learn how to apply this knowledge to real-world problems, in light of increasing stress on environment and human health. The program will provide the rigor, flexibility, depth and integration to enable students to:

  • Design and pursue their course of study that meets requirements of a double major in Marine Science and Microbiology and Immunology.
  • Learn from the diverse and outstanding group of professors and researchers who are experts in their fields and have active research programs.
  • Undertake active research experiences, which will allow them to gain a strong understanding of the scientific process and provide them with a set of valuable experimental and computational skills.
  • Prepare themselves for graduate school and for successful careers in public and private industries.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Students will develop analytical and quantitative skills to allow critical data analysis.
  • Students will be able to do carry out supervised research in the field of marine science.