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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog
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Marine Science/Geology Major (BS)

Department of Biological Sciences
1324 Science and Engineering Complex

Department of Geological Sciences
202 Bevill Building

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of science (BS) degree in marine science/geology must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), 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 declare both majors formally 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.

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

BSC 114:115 or BSC 118 4
BSC 116:117 or BSC 120 4
CH 101 or CH 117 4
CH 102 or CH 118 4
GEO 101 4
GEO 102 4
GEO 210 4
GEO 314 4
GEO 365 3
GEO 367 4
GEO 495 6
GEO 355, GEO 369, or GEO 470 6
GEO electives 6
MS 304 4
MS 306 4
MS 448 4
MS elective 300 or 400 level* 4
PH 101 (or PH 105 or PH 125) 4
PH 102 (or PH 106 or PH 126) 4
Total 81
*Consult the marine science coordinator for appropriate MS electives.

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:

Courses Hours
MATH 125 or MATH 145 4
MATH 126 or MATH 146 4
ST 260 3

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. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

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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