The marine biology major is designed to prepare students for a career or further graduate study. The curriculum consists of a set of core courses in the biological and physical sciences, leading to a degree that is designed as a solid basis for entering the field of marine biology, as well as preparation for further graduate study in this area.
A successful marine biology graduate is expected to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the scientific method;
- Demonstrate essential knowledge of the marine sciences;
- Use mathematics to solve scientific problems and evaluate research data;
- Use standard laboratory and research techniques to collect, assess, and present data;
- Synthesize and integrate marine biological principles with contemporary issues.
General Education Requirements (30 credits)
Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.
Marine Biology Major Requirements (79 credits)
Core Courses (60 credits)
Major Grouped Electives (19 credits)
Group I: Science foundation electives (13 credits)
Select 13 or more credits from the following courses:
Group II: Lab or field-based electives (6 credits)
Select 6 or more credits from the following courses:
- ENVS 1500 Natural History of South Florida (4 credits)
- ENVS 2000 Biodiversity of Alaskan Ecosystems (3 credits) AND ENVS 2001 Biodiversity of Alaskan Ecosystems Field Course (1 credit)
- ENVS 3170 Everglades Ecology and Conservation (3 credits)
- MBIO 3450 Survey of Marine Mammals (3 credits)
- MBIO 3800 Island Biogeography (3 credits) AND MBIO 3801 Island Biogeography Field Course (1 credit)
- MBIO 4260 Ecology of the Galapagos Islands (3 credits) AND MBIO 4261 Ecology of the
- Galapagos Islands Field Trip (1 credit)
- MBIO 4990 Independent Study in Marine Biology (1–12 credits)
The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2014-2015 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.
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