Marine Biology Major

7023
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7023 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences - Marine Biology seeks to educate students in unifying themes in biology, while encouraging them to expand their knowledge in more specialized subject areas. The department offers six undergraduate majors in which a student may specialize: aquaculture, conservation biology and ecology, general biology, marine biology, molecular biology and premedical biology. The curriculum for the marine biology major is organized so that in the first two years students learn concepts fundamental to all biological sciences, and in the last two years students follow their own interests in selecting courses that are more specialized.

The marine biology major includes specialized courses in marine biology and oceanography to provide the knowledge and skills for the study of marine life. Emphasis is on the diversity of marine organisms, their characteristics, interrelationships and interactions with the marine environment. The program prepares students for employment or graduate work on subjects from marine microbes to mammals, and from molecular marine biology to ecology.

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply for admission to study in the department of biological sciences should complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics, including second-year algebra and trigonometry.

Florida Tech has articulation agreements with many of the community colleges in Florida. Students contemplating transfer to Florida Tech should consult with the department to determine transferability of credits. If there is a question regarding specific courses needed, students should contact the associate department head for undergraduate studies.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences - Marine Biology must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum. Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty advisor to reflect the knowledge a student needs either for employment or graduate school.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Sophomore Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 2801 Biometry
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • BIO 3410 General Ecology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 3510 Invertebrate Zoology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • BIO 2010 Microbiology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4410 Community Ecology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • BIO 4550 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4710 Marine Biology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (BIO, CHM, ENS, OCN) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • BIO 3701 Evolution
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4720 Marine Ecology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Electives (BIO, CHM, ENS, OCN) Credit Hours: 7
Total Credits Required: 129