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Department of

Environmental and Ocean Sciences

Marine Science Major

The marine science major, offered by the Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences, is intended for students interested in the natural sciences as well as the marine world. It provides a rigorous curriculum that is intended to prepare students to go on to either graduate studies or directly into oceanographic work. A core of oceanography courses unifies the marine science major. In addition, the student elects a curriculum from a pathway in biology or earth systems. The student majoring in marine science is encouraged to select an advisor from his or her area of concentration as soon as possible. A list of advisors is available from the chair of the Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences.

Preparation for the Major

35 units of lower-division courses are required: BIOL 190 and 221/221L, CHEM 151/151L and 152/152L, ENVI 110, MARS 220, MATH 150, and PHYS 136, 137. MATH 151 is recommended for students who anticipate going to graduate school.

Major Requirements

The major is made up of a core of marine science and environmental studies courses and a concentration of courses in a particular discipline (called the “pathway”).

The Marine Science Core

18 units of upper division courses in marine science are required.
MARS 427 Marine Environment (3)
MARS 450 Geological Oceanography (4)
MARS 451W Biological Oceanography (4)
(= BIOL 451W)
MARS 452 Marine Geochemistry (4)

Capstone Experience – at least two units of practical experience in MARS 496, 498, 499, or an equivalent course and MARS 495, Senior Seminar (1) for a total of three units.

Note: Practical experience units must be completed at least one semester before taking MARS 495.
A maximum of three units in addition to capstone requirements of MARS 496, 497, 498 and 499 may be used in any combination to satisfy course requirements of the major.

The Pathways

The pathways associated with this major are biology and earth systems. Each pathway offers a concentration of courses, providing depth in the particular pathway; the units differ slightly according to the specific pathway.

1. Biology Pathway (22-23 units)

The pathways associated with this major are biology and earth systems. Each pathway offers a concentration of courses, providing depth in the particular pathway; the units differ slightly according to the specific pathway.

1. Biology Pathway (22-23 units)

Preparation for the pathway (11 units)

BIOL 225/225L Introducion to Cell Processes (4)
BIOL 300 Genetics (3)
CHEM 301/301L Organic Chemistry (4)

Upper-Division Electives (11-12 units)

Choose at least one course from each category; at least two courses with laboratory:
Ecology:
BIOL 460W Ecology (4)
MARS 464 Marine Community Ecology (4)
MARS 468 Marine Ecology (3)

Organismal Biology:
BIOL 342 Microbiology (4)
BIOL 350 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
MARS 462 Biology of Fishes (3)
MARS 465 Marine Mammals (3)

Physiology/Molecular Biology:
BIOL 376 Animal Development (4)
BIOL 382 Techniques in Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 477/477L Invertebrate Physiology (4)
BIOL 478W/478L Vertebrate Physiology (4)
BIOL 480/480L Cell Physiology (4)
Note: Certain courses offered abroad may satisfy upper division elective requirements.

 

2. Earth Systems Pathway (18-22 units)

Preparation for the pathway (10 units)

ENVI 314 Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis (3)
MATH 120 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MARS 474/474L History of the Earth and Climate (4)

Upper-Division Electives (8-12 units)

Choose at least one course from each category; at least two courses with laboratory:

Methods in Earth System Science:
ENVI 315 Geographic Information Systems (3)
ENVI 420 Introduction to Remote Sensing (4)

System Interactions:
ENVI 471 Near Shore Processes (3)
ENVI 485 Environmental Geology (4)
ENVI 487 Surface Water Hydrology (4)
MARS 473 Climatology (4)

Elective: BIOL 361 Ecological Communities of San Diego County (2)
CHEM 301/301L Organic Chemistry (4)
CHEM 355 Environmental Chemistry (3)
Upper-Division Elective in Marine Science or Environmental Studies (3-4)
Certain additional prerequisites are required for Upper-Division Core Courses.