MARINE SCIENCE PROGRAM – Dept. Code: MSC

Marine Science is an interdisciplinary program dealing with the study of the world’s oceans, their physical and biological constituents, the influence of oceanic resources on human society, and the conservation and future development of these resources.

The Bachelor of Science double major in Marine Science 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. The Bachelor of Science track in Marine Science is a full double major program that requires a major in Marine Science through the Rosenstiel School and a second major in one of the sciences through the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Engineering.  Common double major combinations are marine science/biology, marine science/chemistry, marine science/geology, marine science/physics, and marine science/computer science. Second majors in Applied Physics, Biochemistry, Engineering (all disciplines), Mathematics and Microbiology are also possible. Each of the areas of concentration constitutes a rigorous program requiring 120-130 credits for graduation.

In addition to the courses that fulfill the General Education Requirements, the required courses for each area of concentration are:

Marine Science/Biology

• Marine Science 111, 215, 216, 230, 232, 301, and 12 credits of elective in Marine Science, 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.

• Biology 150, 151, 160, 161, 250, 255, 330, 360 and 12 credits of elective as described for Biology majors

• (Marine Science 230 and one advanced biology course may fulfill requirements in both Biology and Marine Science)

• Chemistry 111, 112, 113, 114, 201, 202, 205, 206

• Geological Sciences 110 and 114, or 111

• Mathematics 161-162, one semester of a computer or statistics course. The following classes are approved to satisfy the computer/statistics requirement: MSC 204, BIL 311, CSC 120, MTH 224, or PSY 204.

• Physics 205, 206, 207, and either 208 or 209; or Physics 101, 102, 106 and 108 (University Physics is recommended)

• Six credits of upper level elective, to be approved by advisor.

 


Marine Science/Chemistry

• Marine Science 111, 215, 216, 230, 232, 301, and 12 credits of elective in Marine Science, 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.

• Biology 150, 151 or 160, 161

• Chemistry 111, 112, 113, 114, 201, 202, 205, 206, 304, 316, 320, 360, 364, 365, and one of CHM 401, 441, 520, 563 or BMB 401 or 506 as described for Chemistry majors

• Geological Sciences 110 and 114, or 111

• Mathematics 161-162, one semester of a computer or statistics course. The following classes are approved to satisfy the computer/statistics requirement: MSC 204, MTH 224, CSC 120 or EEN 118.

• Physics 205, 206, 207, and either 208 or 209

• Six credits of upper level elective, to be approved by advisor.

 

Marine Science/Geological Sciences

• Marine Science 111, 215, 216, 230, 232, 301, and 12 credits of elective in Marine Science, 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.

• Biology 150, 151 or 160, 161

• Chemistry 111, 112, 113, 114

• Geological Sciences 110, 111, 114, 260, 360, 380, 410 or 420, 440, 480, 482, 580, as described for Geological Sciences majors.

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

• Mathematics 161-162, one semester of a computer or statistics course.

• Physics 205, 206, 207, and either 208 or 209

• Six credits of upper level elective, to be approved by advisor.


Marine Science/Physics

• Marine Science 111, 215, 216, 230, 232, 301, and 12 credits of elective in Marine Science, 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.

• Biology 150, 151 or 160, 161

• Chemistry 111, 112, 113, 114

• Geological Sciences 110 and 114, or 111

• Mathematics 161-162, 210, 311, and one semester of a computer or statistics course.

• Physics 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 321, 340, 350, 351, 360, 362, 540, 560 as described for Physics majors

• Six credits of upper level elective, to be approved by advisor.


Marine Science/Computer Science

• Marine Science 111, 215, 216, 230, 232, 301, 321 and 9 credits of elective in Marine Science, at least 6 of which must be at the 300-level or higher.

• Biology 150, 151 or 160, 161

• Chemistry 111, 112, 113, 114

• Computer Science 120, 220, 314, 322, 531 and 6 credits of approved elective, as described for Computer Science majors

• Geography 199

• Geological Sciences 110 and 114, or 111

• Mathematics 161-162 and 309

• Physics 205, 206, 207 and one semester of laboratory

• Six credits of upper level elective, to be approved by advisor.


Marine Science with a second major in one of: Applied Physics, Biochemistry, Engineering (all disciplines), Mathematics, Microbiology and Neurosciences

• Marine Science 111, 215, 216, 230, 232, 301, and 12 credits of elective in Marine Science, 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.

• Biology 150, 151 or 160, 161

• Chemistry 111, 112, 113, 114

• Geological Sciences 110 and 114, or 111

• Mathematics 161-162, and one semester of a computer or statistics course.

• Physics 205, 206, 207, and either 208 or 209; or Physics 101, 102, 106 and 108 (University Physics is recommended)

• Six credits of upper level elective, to be approved by advisor

• Plus all requirements of the second major.


MINOR in Marine Science

A Bachelor of Science minor in Marine Science requires the following courses:
Marine Science 111,  and 12 credits of Marine Science elective, at least 6 of which must be at the 300-level or higher. MSC 204 does not satisfy the MSC elective requirement for the minor.

Only those courses passed with a grade of “C-” or higher may be applied to the major or minor.