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  • Marine Sciences – Interdisciplinary Studies  (CALS)

    Oceans are an important facet of our global environment: they cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, they provide us with food, transport and resources, and they play a significant role in controlling climate. However, the world’s oceans remain largely unexplored below the surface, making them one of the last great frontiers for scientific discovery. Marine environments are inherently dynamic and governed by a broad suite of interactive biological, chemical and physical processes.

    About This Major


    The university promotes an interdisciplinary approach to marine science education and research to prepare students for a variety of rewarding academic and professional careers. This major, offered cooperatively with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, allows students to tailor a curriculum that suits their interests and career goals.

    The curriculum provides students with the core scientific and quantitative skills necessary for success. Lower-division courses build a strong foundation in basic sciences and math while upper-division courses provide opportunity for specialization. Students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) complete an upper-division core that concentrates on biological and ecological marine science essentials while also giving students a critical understanding of how statistics and economics are integrated into marine science and resource management.

    Students work closely with a faculty adviser to create an individualized curriculum plan of at least 18 approved electives. These can include courses on resource management, human dimensions, conservation, quantitative population assessment and others. Students must complete a curriculum plan and have it approved by the program undergraduate coordinator before they reach 70 credits.

    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1:

    • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
    • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
    • Complete OCE 1001 and 1 of the following, excluding labs: BSC 2010/2010L,
      BSC 2011/2011L, CHM 2045/2045L, CHM 2046/2046L, MAC 2311, PHY 2004/2004L

    Semester 2:

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

    Semester 3:

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs

    Semester 4:

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

    Semester 5:

    • Complete all critical tracking courses, including labs
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    Students are expected to complete the writing and math requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. ​Students are required to complete HUM 2305 The Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 (3) and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 4
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H)​ 3​
    OCE 1001 Introduction to Oceanography (GE-P)​ 3
    Elective​ 3​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 16
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 2046 and 2046L General Chemistry 2 (3) and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 4
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M) 4
    Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
    Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics or
    ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (GE-S)​
    BSC 2010 and BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (3) and Integrated Principles of Biology 1 Laboratory (1) (GE-B) 4
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M) 3
    Elective (MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 recommended) 4
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    BSC 2011 and 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 2 (3) and Integrated Principles of Biology 2 Laboratory (1) (GE-B) 4
    PHY 2004 and 2004L Applied Physics 1 (3) and Applied Physics 1 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 4
    Electives​ 4​
    Humanities (GE-H)​ 3​
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    GLY 3083C Introduction to Marine Science (GE-P) 3
    ZOO 2203C Invertebrate Zoology or
    ZOO 4205C Invertebrate Biodiversity
    Elective​ 3​
    Electives (CHM 2200 and 2200L Basic Organic Chemistry [3] and Basic Organic Chemistry Laboratory [1] recommended) 4
    Total 14
    Semester 6 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    FAS 4932 Biology and Ecology of Algae 3
    Approved electives * 6
    Elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (WR) 3
    FAS 4202C Biology of Fishes 4
    FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling or
    STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 or
    STA 4210 Regression Analysis or
    STA 4222 Sample Survey Design​
    Approved electives * 6
    Total 16
    Semester 8 Credits
    FAS 4932 Marine Ecological Processes or
    ZOO 4926 Marine Ecology
    FNR 4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics 3
    Approved electives​ * 6​
    Elective 3
    Total 15

    * Approved Electives: 18 credits minimum
    Meet with an adviser to establish a plan for these electives. Students may focus their electives toward a specific area or a minor. For a broader program students should choose a minimum of three credits from each area. See an adviser for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

    Ecology and Organismal Biology
    FAS 2024 Global and Regional Perspectives in Fisheries (3)
    FAS 4305C Introduction to Fishery Science (3)
    FAS 4405 Aquariums, Water and Aquaculture (3)
    FAS 4932 Aquatic Invertebrate Ecological Physiology (3)
    FAS 4932 Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms (4)
    FAS 4932 Coral Reef Ecology (3)
    FAS 4932 Invasion Ecology of Aquatic Animals (3)
    PCB 4043C General Ecology (4)
    PCB 4674 Evolution (4)
    WIS 3553C Introduction to Conservation Genetics (4)
    WIS 4203C Landscape Ecology and Conservation (3)
    VME 4012 Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues (3)
    VME 4906 Introduction to Marine Wildlife (3)
    ZOO 4403C Marine Biology (4)

    Physical/Chemical Oceanography;
    EGN 4932 Physical Oceanography (3)
    GLY 3074 Oceans and Global Climate Change (3) (GE-P)
    GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes (3)
    GLY 4930 Geochemical Oceanography (3)
    OCE 3016 Introduction to Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering (3)

    Economics and Human Dimensions
    AEB 3450 Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (3)
    FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources (3) (GE-S)
    GEO 4300 Environmental Biogeography (3)
    SYD 4510 Environment and Society (3)
    WIS 4523 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation (3)

    Quantitative Ecological Skills
    FAS 4932 Applied Fisheries Statistics (4)
    FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling (3) *
    STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 (3) *
    STA 4210 Regression Analysis (3) *
    STA 4211 Design of Experiments (3)
    STA 4222 Sample Survey Design (3) *
    WIS 4501 Introduction to Wildlife Population Ecology (3)
    WIS 4601C Quantitative Wildlife Ecology (3)
    * Can be used as an approved elective if not used to meet the quantitative requirement in semester 7 .

    Other Professional Skills
    SUR 3393/3393L Geographic Information Systems (2) and Laboratory (1)
    Advanced Open Water and Science Diving
    Practicum or Internship

    Additional Electives – with instructor permission
    FAS 6337C Fish Population Dynamics (4)
    FAS 6171 Applied Phycology (3)
    GLY 6075 Global Climate Change (3)
    OCP 6295 Estuarine and Shelf Hydrodynamics 1 (3)
    ZOO 6406 Biology of Sea Turtles (3)
    ZOO 6456C Ichthyology (4)

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majors: marine-sciences