Marine Biology, B.S.


The B.S. degree in Marine Biology provides students with the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory and field courses with a core curriculum in Marine Biology. Student research is emphasized throughout the program. The program has faculty actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, behavioral ecology, marine mammalogy, marine pollution, crustacean physiology, marine phycology. The location of the University provides students with a “natural laboratory” that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities. Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website. Additional information about the marine biology program can be found at

Admission Requirements

Applicants enter as pre-majors and will be considered for full admission to the B.S. in Marine Biology after completion of the following:

College Algebra for Calculus (may be met by placement examination)
Methods of Written Communication
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology II
Introduction to General Chemistry (or High school chemistry) 1

With a C (2.00) or higher

When a student becomes a major in Marine Biology, he or she is assigned a faculty advisor. The student and faculty advisor plan the student’s curriculum, and the advisor’s signature is required on registration documents.

Candidates must complete the General Education Requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours.

Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs in Marine Biology are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements46
Marine Biology Core Classes11
Biology Breadth Electives6
General Electives21
General Education Requirements
Must include the following:36
Calculus I
Fundamentals of Biology I
Fundamentals of Biology II
Major Requirements
BIOL S215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOL S271Ecology4
BIOL S310Animal Physiology4
BIOL S362Genetics4
BIOL S482Evolution4
CHEM S105General Chemistry I4
CHEM S106General Chemistry II4
CHEM S341Organic Chemistry4
CHEM S342Biochemistry4
STAT S273Elementary Statistics3
Select one of the following Physics sequences:8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Marine Biology Core Classes
Select three of the following:11-12
Invertebrate Zoology
Conservation Biology
Marine Mammalogy
Physiology of Marine Animals
Introduction to Ichthyology
Marine Ecology
Biology Breadth Electives
Select six credits of the following:6
Introduction to Plant Biology
Vertebrate Zoology
Experimental Design and Data Analysis
Current Topics in Biology:
Marine Ornithology and Herpetology
Wetlands Ecology
Field Studies in Behavior and Ecology 1
Individual Research 1
Animal Behavior
Aquatic Pollution
Biology Seminar
Research in Biology
Biogeography and Landscape Ecology
General Electives
To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.21
Total Credits120

Up to 6 credits total from BIOL S396, BIOL S398, BIOL S498 may be applied


Only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the Biology electives.  Others may be applied toward general electives.