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  • Marine Sciences: Interdisciplinary Studies, CLAS

    Oceans are an important facet of our global environment: covering more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, oceans provide us with food, transport, and resources and they play a significant role in controlling climate. However, the world’s oceans remain largely unexplored below the surface, making them one of the last great frontiers for scientific discovery. Marine environments are inherently dynamic and governed by a broad suite of interactive biological, chemical, and physical processes.

    About this Major

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    The university promotes an interdisciplinary approach to marine science education and research to prepare students for rewarding academic and professional careers. This interdisciplinary studies major, offered cooperatively with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, lets students tailor a curriculum that suits their interests and career goals.

    The curriculum provides the core scientific and quantitative skills necessary for success. Lower-division courses build a strong foundation in basic sciences and math while upper-division courses provide opportunity for specialization. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) complete an upper-division core that integrates the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. They work closely with a faculty advisor to create an individualized curriculum of at least 12 credits of approved electives; this plan must be approved by the program's undergraduate coordinator before the student has earned 70 credits.

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    Coursework for the Major

    The major requires 63-67 credits of coursework completed with minimum grades of C. At least 30 credits of coursework in the major must be completed at UF.

    Required Coursework

    • BSC 2010/2010L and BSC 2011/2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 and 2 and laboratories, 8 credits
    • CHM 2045/2045L and CHM 2046/2046L General Chemistry 1 and 2 and laboratories,
      8 credits
    • GLY 3083C Fundamentals Marine Sciences, 3 credits
    • GLY 4930 Geochemical Oceanography, 3 credits
    • MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1, 4 credits
    • MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 or
      STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1, 3-4 credits
    • OCE 1001 Introduction to Oceanography, 3 credits
    • PHY 2053/2053L and PHY 2054/2054L Physics 1 and 2 and laboratories, 10 credits, or
      PHY 2048/2048L and PHY 2049/2049L Physics with Calculus 1 and 2 and laboratories, 8 credits
    • ZOO 4403C Marine Biology, 4 credits
    • ZOO 4926 Marine Ecology or
      FAS 4270 Marine Ecological Processes, 3 credits
    • One marine sciences core elective (selected from list below), 3-4 credits
    • 12 credits of approved marine sciences electives, approved by the undergraduate coordinator before the student has earned 70 credits. Electives may be chosen from the list below or from the additional list at the bottom of the page (this additional list requires instructor permission).

    Marine Sciences Core Elective: choose one

    • GLY 2010C Physical Geology (GE-P) (4)
    • GLY 2100C Historical Geology (GE-P) (4)
    • GLY 3074 Oceans and Global Climate Change (GE-P) (3) *
    • GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life (GE-P) (4) *
    • GLY 3202C Earth Materials (3) *
    • EGN 4932 Physical Oceanography (3) *

    Approved Marine Sciences Electives: choose 12 credits minimum

    • EGN 4932 Physical Oceanography (3) *
    • FAS 4202C Biology of Fishes (4)
    • FAS 4305C Introduction to Fishery Science (3)
    • FAS 4405 Aquariums, Water and Aquaculture (3)
    • FAS 4932 Aquatic Invertebrate Ecological Physiology (3)
    • GLY 3074 Oceans and Global Climate Change (GE-P) (3) *
    • GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life (GE-P) (4) *
    • GLY 3202C Earth Materials (3) *
    • GLY 3603C Paleontology (4)
    • GLY 4552C Sedimentary Geology (4)
    • GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes (3)
    • GLY 4930 Geophysics (3)
    • OCE 3016 Introduction to Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering (3)
    • ZOO 4205C Invertebrate Biodiversity (4)

    *These courses cannot count as marine sciences core electives and approved electives.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

    For the purposes of critical-tracking, associated lecture and lab courses are considered one critical-tracking course (e.g., BSC 2010/2010L = 1 critical-tracking course).

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete OCE 1001 and 1 critical-tracking course from BSC 2010/2010L, BSC 2011/2011L, CHM 2045/2045L, CHM 2046/2046L, MAC 2311, PHY 2053/2053L (or PHY 2048/2048L), PHY 2054/2054L (or PHY 2049/2049L)
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-P
    4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (or MAC 1147 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry if needed)
    State Core GE-M
    4​
    OCE 1001 Introduction to Oceanography
    GE-P
    3​
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    Elective (or MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1, if needed)
    3-4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3​
    Total 16-17
    Semester 3 Credits
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    GLY 3083C Introduction to Marine Science
    GE-P
    3
    ​MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2, 4 credits, or
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1, 3 credits, (GE-M)​
    ​3-4
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3​
    Humanities
    GE-H
    3
    Total 16-17
    Semester 4 Credits
    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    PHY 2053 Physics 1, 4 credits, and
    PHY 2053L Laboratory for Physics 1, 1 credit, (GE-P)
    OR

    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2048L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1, 1 credit
    4-5
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3​
    Total 14-15
    Semester 5 Credits
    PHY 2054 Physics 2, 4 credits, and
    PHY 2054L Laboratory for Physics 2, 1 credit, (GE-P)
    OR

    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2049L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2, 1 credit
    4-5
    FAS 4270 Marine Ecological Processes or
    ZOO 4926 Marine Ecology
    3
    Elective 3
    Foreign language 5
    Total 15-16
    Semester 6 Credits
    GLY 4930 Geochemical Oceanography​ 3​
    ZOO 4403C Marine Biology 4
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Foreign language 5
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    Approved elective 3
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Marine sciences core elective 3​-4
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 8 Credits
    ​Approved electives ​9
    Elective 3
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    Total​ ​15

    Additional Electives

    Instructor permission required

    EOC 6196 Littoral Processes (3)
    EOC 6934 Advanced Topics in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering (3)
    FAS 5276C Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms (4)
    FAS 6171 Applied Phycology (3)
    GLY 5255 Organic Geochemistry and Geobiology (3)
    GLY 5558C Sedimentology (3)
    GLY 5736 Marine Geology (3)
    GLY 5786L Field Topics in the Geology of the Bahamas (2)
    GLY 6075 Global Climate Change (3)
    GLY 6425 Tectonics (3)
    OCP 6050 Physical Oceanography (3)
    OCP 6168 Data Analysis Techniques for Coastal and Ocean Engineers (3)
    OCP 6295 Estuarine and Shelf Hydrodynamics 1 (3)
    ZOO 6406 Biology of Sea Turtles (3)
    ZOO 6456C Ichthyology (4)

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