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    Nov 29, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Marine Biology B.S.


Total Major Hours - 120

The undergraduate Marine Biology program explores the ecology of marine environments and the nature of organisms inhabiting the oceans. The objective of this program is to augment the students’ foundation in basic biology with specialized knowledge and skills in marine biology that address contemporary issues such as coastal resilience, coastal pollution, diseases of marine organisms and restoring damaged habitats. An emphasis on data collection and research methods in the field and laboratory will ready students for employment in places such as consulting firms, environmental agencies, aquaria, and parks, while also preparing them for graduate school.   Internships, undergraduate research experiences, upper-level seminars, and reading from the primary literature will develop critical thinking skills and prepare students to address the many complex issues in marine biology, thereby practicing critical thinking and the application of science to grand societal/economic challenges.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Program Prerequisites for Concentration


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

A minimum grade of C- is required in each Common Prerequisite course.

  • (BSC X010 and BSC X010L) or BSC X010C or BSC X040C - 4 credit hours
  • (BSC X011 and BSC X011L) or BSC X011C or BSC X041C - 4 credit hours
  • (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) or CHM X045C or (CHM X040 and CHM X041) - 4 credit hours
  • (CHM X046 and CHM X046L) or CHM X046C - 4 credit hours
  • (CHM X210 and CHM X210L) or CHM X210C or (PHY X048 and PHY X048L) - 4 credit hours
  • (CHM X211 and CHM X211L) or CHM X211C or (PHY X044 and PHY X049L) or (PHY X049 and PHY X049L) - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X311 or MAC X233 or MAC X281 or MAC X241 - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X312 or MAC X282 or STA X023 or STA X024 or STA X321 or MAC X234 or STA X014 - 4 credit hours

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education  coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Required Supporting Courses for the Major (8-10 Credit Hours)


The following courses are supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total major hours but are counted toward the total program hours of 120 credit hours. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

A minimum grade of C is required in each Required Supporting course.

Students choose one of two supporting course sequence options, based on the completed common course prerequisites. The two course sequence options are as follows.

Note: The course sequence that will count toward the Supporting Courses requirement is based on which sequence (Organic Chemistry or Physics) the student took to meet the Common Prerequisite requirement. If the Organic Chemistry sequence was taken to fulfill the Common Prerequisite requirement, the Physics sequence will meet the Supporting Courses requirement. The opposite is true if the Physics requirement was used to meet the Common Prerequisite requirement.

Total Major Hours: 32-37


Major (Restricted) Electives: (18-23 Credit Hours)


Students are required to take six major elective courses from the list below, including at least one course in each of the four categories.

Note: Courses that are listed in more than one category may be used to fill only one major requirement (category).

Marine Biology Capstone


Marine Ecology and Ecosystems


GPA Requirements


Students must maintain a 1.67 (C-) GPA in the Marine Biology program.

Grading Requirement


Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in all Marine Biology required courses, including the common prerequisite and supporting courses math, is a C- or higher.

Residency Requirements


A minimum of 20 credits hours of courses must be taken in residency and be applicable to the major.

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Internship Opportunities


Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Tampa Campus Website:  https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx

For questions, email BioAdvise@usf.edu.

St Pete Campus Websitehttps://stpetersburg.usf.edu/academic-advising
For questions, email advising@usfsp.edu

Sarasota/Manatee Campus Website:  http://sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/academic-advising
For questions, email sar-advising@usf.edu.

4 Year Plan of Study - Marine Biology B.S.


NOTES:


Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Environmental and Climate Science
  • Biological Science
  • Clinical Researach
  • Scientific Technicians
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$40,000 - $55,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Hours: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 6 (Summer)


Total Hours: 3

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Hours: 13

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Hours: 14

Semester 9 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Hours: 15

Semester 11 (Spring)


  • Major Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Biology Elective (Capstone, Structures, Ecology and Ecosystems or Field Studies) Credit(s): 3
  • Marine Biology Field Studies Elective Credit(s): 4
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 4

Total Hours: 14

2 Year Plan of Study - Marine Biology B.S.


Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credits: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • Marine Biology Capstone Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Marine Biology Elective (Capstone, Structures, Ecology and Ecosystems or Field Studies) Credit(s): 3
  • PCB 4674 - Organic Evolution  Credit(s): 3   
  • Marine Biology Capstone Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • Upper-Level Major Course Credit(s): 3
  • Marine Biology Elective (Capstone, Structures, Ecology and Ecosystems or Field Studies) Credit(s): 3
  • Marine Biology Field Studies Elective Credit(s): 4
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Hours: 16