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2014-2015 Catalog 
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology - Marine Emphasis, BS

Department of Biology, College of Science and Engineering

99-100 Credits


Biology is the study of living things, an academic endeavor with a basic research focus on seeking answers to questions rather than on applying biological knowledge to solve problems. As scientists, biologists have two prime motivations: (1) intellectual curiosity about biological systems, and (2) the philosophy that creating and disseminating reliable knowledge has intrinsic worth. Thus, we intend for our intensive academic program to stimulate our students’ curiosity and appetite for life-long learning about biology.

The B.S. Biology – Marine Emphasis provides a thorough introduction to the basic areas of biology and supporting sciences while allowing specialization in marine biology. The supporting courses for the major in math, physics, and chemistry, along with the biology core curriculum at the 200-level and 300-level, plus one 400-level course in evolution, fulfill the goals of a liberal arts education. Students select 300-level and 400-level specialty courses that focus on marine biology. In these courses students not only pursue their interests more specifically, but begin to integrate and apply knowledge, and develop the skills and abilities to pursue careers of their choosing.

The integrated conceptual foundation in biology, the critical thinking skills, quantitative problem-solving abilities, leadership with team-building skills, and scientific research skills students obtain from lecture and laboratory courses in the B.S. Biology curriculum ultimately are critical for post-baccalaureate studies and future job performance. We expect that students who graduate with a B.S. or B.A. in Biology can apply their education to a variety of jobs across careers.

Why Consider a Marine Emphasis in the Biology Major?

Marine biology is the study of the structure and function of marine organisms and their relationship with the environment. This degree provides students with a solid foundation in all of the major sub-disciplines of biology with an emphasis on the biology of marine organisms and their environments. A diploma granted under this major will indicate “Bachelor of Science”; official transcripts will indicate Biology – Marine Emphasis.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Joann Otto
Biology 315

Program Coordinators for Advising
Maren Brinson and Keeley Mathews
Biology 315

 Sample Careers

Marine Scientist | Fisheries Biologist | Ecologist | Conservation Biologist | Naturalist | Laboratory Technician | Educator

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

The Biology Department has a two-step process for admission into our degree programs. Phase I students are students who have declared their intent to major in biology and are in the process of completing the introductory biology (BIOL 204, 205, 206) and general chemistry (CHEM 121, 122, 123) series. Admission to Phase II is based on academic performance in the introductory courses. Students must achieve an average grade of 2.9 or higher in their introductory biology and general chemistry courses before they can advance to Phase II and begin taking upper-division coursework.

Major requirements include 81-82 credits of foundational courses in biology, chemistry, physics and math, and 19 upper division biology depth and elective credits. Biology Phase II status required for admission into 300- and 400-level biology courses for biology majors.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major courses.


Depth Requirements:


1-3 credits to make 99-100 total (76-77 credits of basic requirements plus 23 upper-division biology depth and elective credits).

Additional biology elective credits can be taken to fulfill University graduation requirements.