Department of Biological Sciences
Office: 319 Biology Building
The College of Arts and Sciences offers interdisciplinary marine science double-major programs (marine science/biology, marine science/chemistry, or marine science/geology) leading to the bachelor of science degree. These double-major curricula give the student a focused exposure to include general education requirements, single disciplinary requirements, and the interdisciplinary courses that represent studies in the field of marine science. A minor in marine science is available to students whose major fields are biology, chemistry, or geology.
Some marine science courses are listed within the biological sciences listings. During summer terms, a larger suite of marine sciences courses are available at the Dauphin Island campus of the Alabama Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium. Registration for the summer suite of marine science courses is through the College of Continuing Studies.
Requirements for the double-major degree program. The requirements of the marine science double-major program are described as follows. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level in each major must be earned on this campus.
General Education Requirements
See University of Alabama Core Curriculum requirements, p. 24, and College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, p. 66. As part of, or in addition to, University and College requirements, marine science students must complete ST 260.
|Interdisciplinary Major in Marine Science||Hours|
|CH 101 or CH 117 and CH 102 or CH 118||8|
|BSC 114:115 or BSC 118 and BSC 116:117 or BSC 120||8|
|GEO 101 and GEO 102 (or GEO 202)||8|
|PH 101 and PH 102, or PH 105 and PH 106||8|
2Biology majors may substitute a 300- or 400-level MS course with a biological emphasis.
Single Department Major
Each student chooses one of the following:
- Biology: Major courses and ancillary requirements specified by the department. See p. 75. A maximum of 4 hours of required MS courses can be applied to the major in biology.
- Chemistry: Major courses and ancillary requirements specified by the department. See p. 78.
- Geology: Major courses and ancillary requirements specified by the department. See p. 88. A maximum of 4 hours of required MS courses can be applied to the major in geology.
Requirements for the minor in marine science. The interdisciplinary marine science minor must include BSC 114:115, BSC 116:1171 or GEO 101 and GEO 102 (or GEO 202)2. BSC/MS electives may include BSC/MS 306, BSC/MS 321, BSC/MS 408, and MS 448. GEO electives may include GEO 355, GEO 367, and GEO 453. A total of 22 interdisciplinary hours is required for the minor. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.
2Geology majors must take BSC 114:115 and BSC 116:117.
|A Suggested Sequence of Summer Courses for the Marine Science Major*|