Marine Biology

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Required Courses

BI 332 General Ecology
BI 348 Marine Biology
BI 434 Marine Ecology and Conservation
ZO 310 Animal Biology
ZO 430 Invertebrate Zoology
For this option, the additional math course should be chosen from MA 139, MA 140 or MA 223.

Additional Requirements:

*Fulfills General Education requirements

PH 106 Physical Concepts*
CH 186 Foundation of Inorganic Chemistry
CH 187 Inorganic Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Lab
CH 341 / CH 342 Foundations of Organic Chemistry and Lab
GO 320 Oceanography

Choose 6-8 hours from Biology Electives.

A minimum of 3 hours must be taken from the following courses from the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory ( or comparable institution.  See Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Field Program ( for course lists and dates.

Special Note

You may substitute the corresponding lecture / laboratory summer courses* from the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory or from another comparable institution. Marine Biology is a prerequisite for most other courses at the GCRL.

BI 352/353 Marine Science II: Marine Biology (5 credit hours) for BI 3XX.

ZO 562/561 Marine Ecology (5 credit hours) for BI 4XX.

ZO 500/502 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (6 credit hours) for BI 4XX.

*Not all courses are available every summer. Similar courses taken at another marine laboratory may be substituted for the GCRL requirement. Contact the Biology Department or a Marine Biology advisor for more information.


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