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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.

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The marine biology major is designed to prepare students for a career or further graduate study. The curriculum consists of a set of core courses in the biological and physical sciences, leading to a degree that is designed as a solid basis for entering the field of marine biology, as well as preparation for further graduate study in this area.


A successful marine biology graduate is expected to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the scientific method;
  2. Demonstrate essential knowledge of the marine sciences;
  3. Use mathematics to solve scientific problems and evaluate research data;
  4. Use standard laboratory and research techniques to collect, assess, and present data;
  5. Synthesize and integrate marine biological principles with contemporary issues.


General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Marine Biology Major Requirements (79 credits)

Core Courses (60 credits)

Major Grouped Electives (19 credits)

Group I: Science foundation electives (13 credits)
Select 13 or more credits from the following courses:

Group II: Lab or field-based electives (6 credits)
Select 6 or more credits from the following courses:

  • ENVS 1500 Natural History of South Florida (4 credits)
  • ENVS 2000 Biodiversity of Alaskan Ecosystems (3 credits) AND ENVS 2001 Biodiversity of Alaskan Ecosystems Field Course (1 credit)
  • ENVS 3170 Everglades Ecology and Conservation (3 credits)
  • MBIO 3450 Survey of Marine Mammals (3 credits)
  • MBIO 3800 Island Biogeography (3 credits) AND MBIO 3801 Island Biogeography Field Course (1 credit)
  • MBIO 4260 Ecology of the Galapagos Islands (3 credits) AND MBIO 4261 Ecology of the
  • Galapagos Islands Field Trip (1 credit)
  • MBIO 4990 Independent Study in Marine Biology (1–12 credits)

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2020-2021 edition of 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.

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Pursuing a minor can deepen your knowledge in a discipline related to your major or enable you to explore a field outside your major area of study and diversify your skills. Speak with a faculty member in your program to determine which minor(s) can support your academic, professional, and personal goals.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career. 


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