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Marine Science/Geology Major (BS)

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

Department of Geological Sciences
202 Bevill Building
www.geo.ua.edu
geology@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of science (BS) degree in marine science/geology 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 128 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/geology requires the successful completion of the following courses:

CoursesHours
BSC 114:115 or BSC 1184
BSC 116:117or BSC 1204
CH 101 or CH 1174
CH 102 or CH 1184
GEO 1014
GEO 1024
GEO 2104
GEO 3144
GEO 3653
GEO 3674
GEO 4956
GEO 355, GEO 369, or GEO 4706
GEO electives6
MS 3044
MS 3064
MS 3212
MS 4484
MS elective2
PH 101 (or PH 105 or PH 125)4
PH 102 (or PH 106 or PH 126)4
Total81

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 major in marine science/geology requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

CoursesHours
MATH 125 or MATH 1454
MATH 126 or MATH 1464
ST 2603

Required minor. Marine science/geology 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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