The B.S. degree in Marine Biology provides students with the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory and field courses with a core curriculum in Marine Biology. Student research is emphasized throughout the program. The program has faculty actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, behavioral ecology, marine mammalogy, marine pollution, crustacean physiology, marine phycology. The location of the University provides students with a "natural laboratory" that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities.
Applicants enter as pre-majors and will be considered for full admission to the B.S. in Marine Biology after completion of the following:
- MATH S107 (may be met by placement examination)
- ENGL S111.
- BIOL S105, BIOL S106
- High school chemistry or CHEM S103 with a C or higher.
When a student becomes a major in Marine Biology, he or she is assigned a faculty advisor. The student and faculty advisor plan the student's curriculum, and the advisor's signature is required on registration documents.
Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)
Candidates must complete the General Education Requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours.
Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs in Marine Biology are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.
|Minimum Credit Hours|
|General Education Requirements|
|BIOL||S105||Fundamentals of Biology I||4|
|BIOL||S106||Fundamentals of Biology II||4|
|BIOL||S215||Introduction to Marine Biology||3|
|CHEM||S105||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM||S106||General Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM||S341||Organic and Biological Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM||S342||Organic and Biological Chemistry II||4|
|PHYS||S103||College Physics I||4|
|PHYS||S104||College Physics II||4|
|PHYS||S211||General Physics I||4|
|PHYS||S212||General Physics II||4|
|Marine Biology Core Classes|
|Select from the following courses (11-12 credits total):|
|BIOL||S415||Physiology of Marine Animals||4|
|BIOL||S427||Introduction to Ichthyology||4|
|Select from the following (6 credits total):|
|BIOL||S239||Intro to Plant Biology||4|
|BIOL||S355||Experimental Design and Data Analysis||4|
|BIOL||S375||Current Topics in Biology**||2|
|BIOL||S380||Marine Ornithology and Herpetology||3|
|BIOL||S445||Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska||3|
|ENVS||S415||Biogeography & Landscape||3|
|* up to 6 credits total from BIOL 396/398/498 may be applied|
|**only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the Biology electives. Others may be applied toward general electives.|
|To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.|
The UAS Career Services Office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. These internships are funded by Alaskan, federal, national and international organizations and businesses. Changes occur frequently. If you have an interest in internships please contact Career Services for assistance. If admitted to a degree program you can also speak with a faculty member if you are interested in an internship for academic credit.