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Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology

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, and 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.

Program Assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants enter as pre-majors and will be considered for full admission to the B.S. in Marine Biology after completion of the following:

  1. MATH S151 (may be met by placement examination)
  2. ENGL S111
  3. BIOL S105, BIOL S106
  4. 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 (2015-2016 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 Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements46
Marine Biology Core Classes11
Biology Electives6
General Electives21

General Education Requirements

Must include:

MATHS251Calculus I4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4

Major Requirements

BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
CHEMS341Organic Chemistry4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3

select both

PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4

or both

PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4

Select three from the following courses (11-12 credits total):

BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4

Biology Electives

Select from the following (6 credits total):

BIOLS239Intro to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology**2
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS396Field Studies*1-6
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS492Biology Seminar**1
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape3

* 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.

General Electives

To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

Internship Opportunities

The UAS Career Services office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. Internships can be paid/unpaid, and are offered by local, regional, and national organizations and businesses. Internship oftentimes turn into full time job offers following graduation which make them both advantageous and lucrative. 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.


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