B.S. in Marine Biology

Explore the physical sciences and discover the intricacies of the marine world. New species and new aspects of the ocean are constantly being revealed, and you'll gain the tools to become an expert in the world's largest laboratory.

What you'll study

Marine biology incorporates studies of the animals, the chemistry, and the physics of the oceanic realm. You'll gain firm grounding in large ecosystems, laboratory techniques, and ecology. Electives take you deeper into zoology, sharks, and coral communities.

How you'll learn more

An entire NSU campus and marina is devoted to marine science. You'll also benefit from NSU's strength across all sciences. In class and in the field, you'll learn from researchers at the forefront of their profession. Study abroad and independent study give you freedom to delve into your passion.

Where it can take you

New methods to manage the ocean demand a new generation of managers, with solid scientific credentials. Many biologists continue into graduate studies in biology, medicine, or the environment, and your dedicated to the marine environment will place you ahead of the competition.

Core Courses (61 credits)
Credits
BIOL 1500
Biology I/Lab (BIOL 1500 / Credits: 4 )
4
BIOL 1510
Biology II/Lab (BIOL 1510 / Credits: 4 )
4
BIOL 3200
General Ecology/Lab (BIOL 3200 / Credits: 4 )
4
BIOL 3300
Invertebrate Zoology/Lab (BIOL 3300 / Credits: 4 )
4
BIOL 3600
Genetics/Lab (BIOL 3600 / Credits: 4 )
4
CHEM 1300 or CHEM 1300H
General Chemistry I/Lab or General Chemistry I/Lab Honors (CHEM 1300 or CHEM 1300H / Credits: 4 )
4
CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1310H
General Chemistry II/Lab or General Chemistry II/Lab Honors (CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1310H / Credits: 4 )
4
CHEM 2400 or CHEM 2400H
Organic Chemistry I/Lab or Organic Chemistry I/Lab Honors (CHEM 2400 or CHEM 2400H / Credits: 4 )
4
CHEM 2410 or CHEM 2410H
Organic Chemistry II/Lab or Organic Chemistry II/Lab Honors (CHEM 2410 or CHEM 2410H / Credits: 4 )
4
MATH 2020 or MATH 2020H
Applied Statistics or Applied Statistics Honors (MATH 2020 or MATH 2020H / Credits: 3 )
3
MATH 2100 or MATH 2100H
Calculus I or Calculus I Honors (MATH 2100 or MATH 2100H / Credits: 4 )
4
MBIO 1400
Explorations in Marine Sciences (MBIO 1400 / Credits: 2 )
2
MBIO 2410
Marine Biology/Lab (MBIO 2410 / Credits: 4 )
4
MBIO 2500
Oceanography/Lab (MBIO 2500 / Credits: 4 )
4
PHYS 2350 or PHYS 2350H
General Physics I/Lab or General Physics I/Lab Honors (PHYS 2350 or PHYS 2350H / Credits: 4 )
4
PHYS 2360 or PHYS 2360H
General Physics II/Lab or General Physics II/Lab Honors (PHYS 2360 or PHYS 2360H / Credits: 4 )
4
Group II: Lab or field-based electives (Select at least 5 or more credits from the following courses)
Credits
ENVS 1500
Natural History of South Florida (ENVS 1500 / Credits: 4 )
4
ENVS 3170
Everglades Ecology and Conservation (ENVS 3170 / Credits: 3 )
3
MBIO 3450
Survey of Marine Mammals (MBIO 3450 / Credits: 3 )
3
MBIO 3800 and MBIO 3801
Island Biogeography and Island Biogeography Field Course (MBIO 3800 and MBIO 3801 / Credits: 4 )
4
MBIO 4260 and MBIO 4261
Ecology of the Galapagos Islands and Ecology of the Galapagos Islands Field Trip (MBIO 4260 and MBIO 4261 / Credits: 4 )
4
MBIO 4990
Independent Study in Marine Biology (1–3 credits) (MBIO 4990 / Credits: 3 )
3
Open Electives (9 credits)
Credits
ANY
Select 9 credits from any courses offered at NSU (ANY / Credits: 9 )
9

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.