Students pursuing a marine science degree typically demonstrate a strong interest in some aspect of the marine environment and in the sciences in general. High school preparation should include a solid background in mathematics and introductory biology and/or chemistry.

Department of Biological Sciences
1324 Science and Engineering Complex

Department of Chemistry
206 Shelby Hall

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). Students can declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

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.

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

More InformationHours
Select one of the following:4
Principles Of Biology I
and Laboratory Biology I
Honors General Biology I
Select one of the following:4
Principles Biology II
and Biology II Laboratory
Honors Gen Biology II
CH 101 or General Chemistry4
CH 117 Honors General Chemistry
CH 102 or General Chemistry4
CH 118 Honors General Chemistry
CH 223Quantitative Analysis4
CH 231Elem Organic Chemistry I3
CH 232
CH 237
Elem Organic Chem II
and Elem Organic Chem Lab
CH 338Elem Organic Chem Lab II2
CH 340
CH 343
Elem Physical Chem
and Elem Phy Chem Lab
CH 461Biochemistry I3
CH 462Biochemistry II3
CH 463Biochem-Clin/Foren/Chem3
GEO 101The Dynamic Earth4
GEO 102 or The Earth Through Time4
GEO 105 Sustainable Earth
Select one of the following:4
General Physics I
General Physics W/Calc I
Honors Gen Ph W/Calculus
Select one of the following:4
General Physics II
General Physics W/Calc II
Honors Gen Ph W/Calculus II
MS 304Marine Geology4
MS 306Marine Biology4
MS 448Intro Oceanography4
MS elective 300 or 400 level (Consult the Marine Science Coordinator for appropriate MS electives)4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 75
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:
MATH 125 or Calculus I4
MATH 145 Honors Calculus I
ST 260Statistical Data Analysis3
Total Hours82

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in each major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

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

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 adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

A dual major in marine science and biology, chemistry, or geology prepares students for a wide variety of employment opportunities in environmentally related fields, industries concerning utilization of marine resources, biotechnology, policy, and education.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Recent graduates have worked in entry-level positions in government agencies, ecotourism (e.g., SCUBA divemasters, whale or dolphin watching boats), and K-12 education. A large number of graduates enter professional school (e.g., medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy) or graduate school (master’s degree, Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D.]).

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Marine biologist, marine geologist, conservation specialist, laboratory technician, teacher, professor, aquaculture industry specialist, oceanographer, environmental consultant, marine animal veterinarian.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center