Marine Science (B.S.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
(239) 590-7196

2015-2016 Catalog Year

Program Admission Requirements

  • Submit an FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
  • Complete common prerequisites with a grade of C or better.
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  1. FGCU General Education Program (

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    FGCU Course: [BSC 1010C Gen’l Biology w/Lab I (4) or {BSC 1010 General Biology I (3) and BSC 1010L General Biology I Laboratory (1)}] or PHY 2054C College Physics w/Lab II (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: BSCX010C or PHYX054C

    FGCU Course: BSC 1011 General Biology II (3) and BSC 1011L General Biology II Laboratory (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: BSCX011C

    FGCU Course: CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3) and CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: CHMX045C

    FGCU Course: CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3) and CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: CHMX046C

    FGCU Course: GLY 1000C Physical Geology (4)
    Acceptable Course: GLYX000C

    FGCU Course: MAC 2311 Calculus I (4) or STA 2122 Social Science Statistics (3) or an advanced mathematics course
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX311 or STAX122 or an advanced mathematics course

    FGCU Course: PHY 2053C College Physics I w/Lab (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: PHYX053C

    FGCU Course: STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: STAX023

  3. Required Courses in the Major (29 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    CHM 1084C Environmental Chemistry (4)
    GLY 4700C Coastal & Watershed Geology (3)
    IDS 3300 Foundations of CivicEngagement (3)
    ISC 3120C Scientific Process (3)
    OCB 4633C Marine Ecology (3)
    OCB 4936 Senior Seminar Marine Science (1)
    OCC 4002C Marine Chemistry (3)
    OCE 3008C Oceanography (3)
    OCP 3002C Physical Oceanography (3)
    PCB 3463C Marine Eco Mon& Res Method (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (20-21 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Students are asked to select their electives equitably between the physical and biological sciences to best ensure they are well prepared as interdisciplinary marine scientists.

    Select one of the following:
    ISC 4910 Sr. Proj Rsch Intrdisc Nat Sci (3)
    ISC 4940 Internship in Interdis Nat Sci (3)

    Select 2 credits in any combination from the following:
    BSC 4933* Current Topics in Biology (1)
    EVR 4920* Current Topics Environ Studies (1)
    ISC 4930* Current Topics in Intd Nat Scienc (1)

    *This course/prefix number can be repeated as long as the topic is different.

    Select 6 credits from the following Ecological/Biological courses:
    EVR 4024C Microbial Ecology (3)
    EVS 4814C Environmental Toxicology (3)
    PAD 4343C Coastal Zone Management (3)
    PCB 3043C General Ecology (3)
    PCB 4303C Limnology (3)
    PCB 4442C Wetland Ecology (3)
    ZOO 3205C Invertebrate Zoology (3)
    ZOO 4454C Ichthyology (3)
    ZOO 4894C Fisheries Management (3)

    Select 6-7 credits from the following Physical/Statistical/Geological courses:
    GLY 3420C Tectonics and Marine Geology (4)
    GLY 3603C Geobiology (3)
    GLY 4071C Paleoclimatology (3)
    GLY 4074C Meteorology & Climatology (3)
    GLY 4244C Biogeochemistry (3)
    GLY 4574C Sediment Dynamics (3)
    GLY 4952 Carbonate Deposition Environs (3)
    STA 3163 Applied Statistics (3)

    Select 3 credits from the following:
    BCH, BOT, BSC, CHM, EVR, EVS,GLY,  MAP, OCB, OCC, OCE, OCG, OCP, PCB, PHY, ZOO — 3000-4999 (3)

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • A minimum of 48 of the 120 credits must be at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfaction of the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfaction of the Service Learning requirement (See
  • Satisfaction of the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Completion of the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an online Application for Graduation via Gulfline by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.

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Printed on: 11/29/2015.