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Program Learning Objectives

Graduates of the BS Marine Sciences program will be able to:

  1. Integrate and synthesize information from the various marine disciplines.
  2. Recognize and value the diversity of marine life and ecosystems.
  3. Apply the scientific method, by formulating hypotheses, making predictions, and assessing, analyzing, synthesizing, and interpreting data.
  4. Communicate marine scientific principles and research findings effectively diverse audiences.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in lab and field techniques relevant to marine sciences.
  6. Locate and utilize bibliographic resources and demonstrate the ability to evaluate scientific literature.
  7. Relate ethical, social justice or global perspectives to the study and practice of marine science.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:
  • 60 units of upper-division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)
Note: No Major, Support or Concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.
BIO 150Diversity and History of Life4
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B3) 14
BIO 162Introduction to Organismal Form and Function4
BIO 263Introductory Ecology and Evolution4
BIO 461Senior Project - Research Proposal 22
or BIO 462 Senior Project Research Experience
CHEM 302Marine Chemistry3
MSCI 100Orientation to Marine Sciences1
MSCI 300Marine Ecology4
MSCI 301Biological Oceanography3
MSCI 403Ocean Sampling Techniques4
PSC 201Physical Oceanography4
Marine Resources Conservation and Policy
Select from the following: 34
Principles of Conservation Biology
Marine Conservation and Policy
Fisheries Science and Resource Management
Marine Biodiversity
Select from the following: 34
Invertebrate Zoology
Microbial Ecology
Marine Mammals, Birds and Reptiles
Marine Botany
Communicating Science
Select from the following (excess units will be applied to Electives): 31
Environmental Communication
Science Communication
The Learn By Doing Lab Teaching Practicum
Marine Science Outreach
Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences
Select additional courses from Marine Resources Conservation and Policy, Marine Biodiversity, or Communicating Science (above) or select from the following: 325
At least 18 units must be upper-division. Select courses carefully to ensure that you have taken enough 300-400 level courses to meet the required 60 units of upper-division courses for the degree.
The Global Environment
Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Special Problems for Undergraduates 4
Research Experience for Undergraduates 4
Wildlife Ecology
Extended Field Biology Activity 4
Principles of Genetics
Principles of Animal Physiology
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 4
Evolutionary Medicine
Environmental Physiology
Behavioral Ecology
Population Ecology
Community Ecology
Ecosystem Ecology
Undergraduate Laboratory Assistantship 4
Cell Biology
Senior Project - Research Proposal 2
Senior Project Research Experience 2
Honors Research
Selected Advanced Topics
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Current Topics in Biological Research
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Aquacultural Engineering
Undergraduate Research
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry III
Organic Chemistry Laboratory For Life Sciences II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Life Sciences III
Organic Chemistry Laboratory III
Biochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
Quantitative Analysis
Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution
Biochemical Principles
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 4
Advanced Undergraduate Research
Environmental Communication 5
Science Communication 5
Fundamentals of Computer Science
Environmental Law
Data Structures
Project-Based Object-Oriented Programming and Design
Programming for Engineering Students
Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers
Introduction to Data Science
Electric Circuit Theory
The Learn By Doing Lab Teaching Practicum 5,6
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 4
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
Special Problems
Water Chemistry and Water Quality Measurements
Special Problems for Undergraduates
Physical Geology Laboratory
Principles of Stratigraphy
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Calculus III
Calculus IV
Linear Analysis I
General Microbiology I
Microbial Ecology
Marine Science Outreach 4
Scientific Diving
Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences 5
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
Water Resources Technology and Society
Special Problems for Undergraduates
Ocean Dynamics
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 4
Senior Project I
Senior Project II
Design and Analysis of Experiments I
Applied Regression Analysis
Applied Linear Models
Statistical Computing with SAS
Statistical Computing with R
Statistical Analysis of Time Series
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1) 14
CHEM 128General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II4
CHEM 129General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III4
CHEM 216Organic Chemistry I 75
or CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
GEOL 102Introduction to Geology4
MATH 141Calculus I (B4) 1,84
or MATH 161 Calculus for the Life Sciences I
MATH 142Calculus II (GE Electives) 1,84
or MATH 162 Calculus for the Life Sciences II
PHYS 121College Physics I 94
or PHYS 141 General Physics I
PHYS 122College Physics II 94
or PHYS 142 General Physics II
PHYS 123College Physics III 94
or PHYS 143 General Physics III
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences4
STAT 313Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models (Upper-Division B) 14
(See GE program requirements below.)52
Free Electives 7,108
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 20 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 52 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units52