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Marine Science/Chemistry Major (BS)

Department of Biological Sciences, 319 Biology Building
www.as.ua.edu/marinescience
marinescience@as.ua.edu

Department of Chemistry, 206 Shelby Hall
www.bama.ua.edu/~ chem
chemistry@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of science (BS) degree in marine science/chemistry must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following double major requirements, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to formally declare both majors no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major departments, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” forms.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in each major is required for completion of the degree. Both major GPAs are calculated based on all courses applicable to each major that the student has attempted at UA and all work applicable to each major that the student has attempted throughout the entire higher education career.

Major courses. The major in marine science/chemistry requires the successful completion of the following courses.

CoursesHours
BSC 114:115 or BSC 1184
BSC 116:117 or BSC 1204
CH 101 or CH 1174
CH 102 or CH 1184
CH 2233
CH 2313
CH 232:2375
CH 3382
CH 340:3434
CH 4613
CH 4623
CH 4633
GEO 1014
GEO 102 or GEO 1054
PH 101 (or PH 105 or PH 125)4
PH 102 (or PH 106 or PH 126)4
MS 3044
MS 3064
MS 3212
MS 4484
MS elective2
Total74

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in each major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed in the major GPA. The majors in marine science/chemistry require the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

CoursesHours
MATH 125 or MATH 1454
ST 2603

Required minor. Marine science/chemistry does not require a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students are not permitted to count the same required major courses toward completion of a second major or minor. Students may count required ancillary courses for one major toward the requirements of another major. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Special opportunities. During the summer semester, a large suite of marine science courses is offered at the Dauphin Island campus of the Alabama Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium.

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