|Degree:||Bachelor of Science (B.S.)|
|Department:||Building 58, Room 79|
|College:||Arts and Sciences|
|Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120|
The University of West Florida is one of only a few institutions in the United States which offers a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. The program is provided through the Department of Biology. The curriculum includes a series of seven core courses fundamental to all areas of biology. Elective courses emphasize theoretical and practical aspects of aquatic/marine biology. Wetlands and estuarine marshes of the main campus, as well as the nearby Santa Rosa Island campus and the Gulf of Mexico, provide living specimens for study and serve as laboratories supporting elective courses. Graduates may seek careers in marine biology, fisheries management, aquaculture, pollution biology, and marine toxicology, and find employment in local, state, and federal departments of environmental regulation and education, as well as the private sector. Graduates are also well prepared to pursue advanced degrees. Prospective students need to be aware that some biology lab courses involve the use of live animals; students may wish to seek details from course instructors before enrolling.
In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the B.S. in Marine Biology must meet the requirements listed below.
A grade of “C” or better is required in each of the seven biology core courses.
Consult with your academic advisor for courses which may satisfy both the General Studies requirements and common prerequisites.
In addition to the general studies requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Studies curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "Graduation and General Degree Requirements" section of this catalog.
General Studies Curriculum:
|Total Semester Hours:||36-37|
Marine Biology majors should satisfy the mathematics (6 sh) and natural science (7 sh) components of General Studies with course work taken from the common prerequisites shown below.
Marine Biology majors should take ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology to satisfy the social science/behavioral perspectives component of General Studies.
State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.
Graduation requirements for the B.S. degree in Marine Biology include the successful completion of the following science/mathematics prerequisites:
Since it will be difficult to incorporate all prerequisites into the 60 sh Lower Division Curriculum, students are advised to complete the following common prerequisites.
|BSC 2010+L||Biology I (+Lab)||4|
|BSC 2011+L||Biology II (+Lab)||4|
|CHM 2045+L||General Chemistry I (+Lab) *||4|
|CHM 2046+L||General Chemistry II (+Lab) *||4|
|MAC 2311||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I *||4|
|STA 2023||Elements of Statistics *||3|
|Choose one of the following:||8|
|Organic Chemistry I (+Lab)|
|Organic Chemistry II (+Lab)|
|General Physics I (+Lab) *|
|General Physics II (+Lab) *|
Indicates common prerequisites which can be used to satisfy General Studies requirements.
Lower Division Electives
|Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to complete at least 60 semester hours in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.||0-6|
|Marine Biology Core:||21|
|Biochemistry I (+Lab)|
|Principles of Evolution|
|Concepts of Oceanography and Marine Biology|
|Marine Invertebrate Zoology (+Lab)|
|Marine Vertebrate Zoology (+Lab)|
|Aquatic Botany (+Lab)|
|Comparative Animal Physiology (+Lab)|
|Marine Biology Sub-core|
|3000/4000 level Marine biology electives||13|
|Choose from the following:|
|Developmental Biology (+Lab)|
|Biology of Coral Reefs|
|Estuarine Ecology Laboratory|
|Marine Field Ecology|
|Marine Ecological Physiology|
|Marine Ecological Physiology Laboratory|
|Wetlands Ecology Lab|
|Molecular Biology Lab|
|Tropical Ecology - Florida Keys/Dry Tortugas|
|Tropical Ecology - Indonesia|
|Tropical Ecology - Honduras|
Biology directed studies (2 hours maximum)
|Students must take one of the following that was not completed as part of the Common Prerequisites in the lower division: *||4|
|Organic Chemistry I (+Lab)|
|General Physics I (+Lab)|
Students must take 8 sh that were not completed as part of the Common Prerequisites in the lower division