Courses in the Biology, Marine Science, and Life Science curricula include innovative investigative laboratories, emphasizing active learning and technology. The curriculum also includes significant writing and research components, preparing students for their professions in the 21st century.
For courses in the program, please check out the Biology, Life Science And Marine Science Major Check Sheets (Download Appropriate Catalog Year)
We advise prospective students interested in these programs to take as many science (biology, computer science, chemistry, physics) and math courses as possible in high school. The more classes that you take, the better prepared you will be for college STEM courses.
We also now offer an Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Arts Marine Science Program!
Click the links below to download the 4-year plan for the program(s) you're interested in.
A major in Biology offers a student both the theory and experience to prepare for either postgraduate work or bachelor-level entry jobs in industry or teaching. The requirements for the Biology major are designed to provide a solid foundation in multiple sub disciplines of the biological sciences while allowing flexibility according to student interests and career goals. By carefully selecting biology electives, undergraduates may prepare with an appropriate concentration for the particular field in which to continue their studies in graduate and professional programs or allied health licensure programs.
Students who plan to pursue a major in biology should take science and mathematics courses in high school; e.g., mathematics through trigonometry, as well as biology, chemistry and physics.
Marine Science (B.S.)
The Marine Science major emphasizes the multi-disciplined approach necessary to understand
the marine environment. Using a diverse offering of marine science courses, the major
includes a strong foundation in the elements of chemistry, physics and physical science
as well as life sciences. During their sophomore year, students will choose either
the oceanography or marine biology emphasis.
Practical as well as theoretical training is a major component of both emphases with hands on experiences gained through the use of the R/V Dolphin, Seabattical, Larkin (research vessels) and various fieldwork. After completing the emphasis requirements, students can carefully select elective courses to maximize their preparation to either enter graduate school or seek employment. Most Marine Science majors continue their education at the graduate level; however, there is employment at the bachelor’s level in environmentally related fields.
Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Arts Marine Science Program
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Arts Marine Science Program provides the opportunity for highly motivated and academically qualified undergraduate students to begin taking graduate courses during their senior undergraduate year with the intent of graduating with bachelor’s and master degrees in 5 years.
For more information on this program, please download the document: The Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Arts Marine Science Program
Life Science (B.A.)
The Life Science major is designed for liberal arts students that seek to combine coursework in biology with other disciplines. For example, students that wish to pursue biological illustration could double major in Art and Life Science, students that wish to go into environmental law could double major in Sustainability and Life Science or Political Science and Life Science, and students that would like to pursue business in medical technology, pharmaceutical, or science supply companies could pursue Business and Life Science. Alternatively, the student can combine the Life Science major with 2 minors in different disciplines.
To graduate with a major in Life Science, the student must also complete a second major or 2 minors (Biology minor is not allowed), in addition to completing the coursework for the Life Science major. Students that plan to pursue a career in biology or medicine should major in Biology instead of Life Science.