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Marine Science Program

The College of Arts and Sciences offers interdisciplinary marine science double major programs (marine science/biology, marine science/chemistry, and marine science/geology) culminating in the bachelor of science (BS) degree. These double-major curricula give the student a focused exposure to include general education requirements, single disciplinary requirements, and the interdisciplinary courses that represent studies in the field of marine science. A minor in marine science is available to students whose major fields are biology, chemistry, or geology.

Marine Science/Biology Major (BS)

Department of Biological Sciences, 319 Biology Building
www.as.ua.edu/marinescience
marinescience@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of science (BS) degree in marine science/biology must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following double major requirements, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to formally declare both majors no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major departments, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” forms.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in each major is required for completion of the degree. Both major GPAs are calculated based on all courses applicable to each major that the student has attempted at UA and all work applicable to each major that the student has attempted throughout the entire higher education career.

Major courses. The majors in marine science/biology require the successful completion of the following courses:

CoursesHours
BSC 114:115 or BSC 1184
BSC 116:117 or BSC 1204
BSC 3003
BSC 3153
BSC 3853
BSC 383 or BSC 4503
BSC electives above 250*12
CH 101 or CH 1174
CH 102 or CH 1184
GEO 1014
GEO 102 or GEO 1054
MS 3044
MS 3064
MS 3212
MS 4484
MS elective2
PH 101 (or PH 105 or PH 125)4
PH 102 (or PH 106 or PH 126)4
Total72

*Other BSC courses numbered 250 and above, including two laboratory courses from the following list of laboratory courses: BSC 310, BSC 313, BSC 320, BSC 350, BSC 362, BSC 371, BSC 373, BSC 376, BSC 386, BSC 390, BSC 396, BSC 398, BSC 400, BSC 408, BSC 411, BSC 413, BSC 414, BSC 416, BSC 419, BSC 421, BSC 425, BSC 428, BSC 432, BSC 436, BSC 439, BSC 442, BSC 452, BSC 453, BSC 457, BSC 460, BSC 464, BSC 469, BSC 472,BSC 475, BSC 476, and BSC 490. Also see “Additional major requirements.”

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in each major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed in the major GPA. The major in marine science/biology requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

CoursesHours
CH 2313
CH 232:2375
MATH 125 or MATH 1454
ST 2603

Required minor. Marine science/biology does not require a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students are not permitted to count the same required major courses toward completion of a second major or minor. Students may count required ancillary courses for one major toward the requirements of another major. The biology department offers a number of courses designed to enrich the learning experience of students beyond the traditional classroom setting. These courses include BSC 391, BSC 396, BSC 398, BSC 403, and BSC 407. Beyond specific restrictions listed for each course, a total of 4 hours from this group may be applied to the requirements of the biology major or minor. An additional 4 hours may be applied as electives to the requirement for 120 hours for the degree. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Special opportunities. During the summer semester, a large suite of marine science courses is offered at the Dauphin Island campus of the Alabama Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium.

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