Academic Catalog

Marine Science (B.S.) 2024-2025 Catalog Year
The Water School
Department of Marine & Earth Sciences

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Marine Science integrates traditional scientific disciplines by focusing them on the study of the world's oceans and coastal waters. The program combines aspects of biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and physics to provide students with a strong interdisciplinary education in the natural sciences and it applies a systems approach to identifying and understanding the roles the oceans play in the functioning of our planet. Students also benefit from field- and laboratory-based learning experiences at FGCU’s Vester Marine Field Station, which provides water access to Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000 - 4999 level).
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service-Learning requirement.
  • Satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement.
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: 30 of the last 60 credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (https://www.fgcu.edu/academics/undergraduatestudies/generaleducation/)
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    For this major, common prerequisite courses with an asterisk (*) require prior knowledge and skills demonstrated through degree acceleration programs (e.g., the College Board's Advanced Placement Program [AP], International Baccalaureate Program [IB], College-Level Examination Program [CLEP], Advanced International Certificate of Education Program [AICE]); dual enrollment; placement exam; or college coursework.

    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)} Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: BSCX010C or (BSCX010 and BSCX010L)

    FGCU Course: BSC 1011 General Biology II (3) and BSC 1011L General Biology II Laboratory (1) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: BSCX011C or (BSCX011 and BSCX011L)

    FGCU Course: *CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3) and CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: CHMX045C or (CHMX045 and CHMX045L)
    [Prerequisites of MAT 1033 minimum grade of C then MAC 1105 minimum grade of C; or relevant accelerated credit; or placement exam]

    FGCU Course: CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3) and CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab (1) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: CHMX046C or (CHMX046 and CHMX046L)

    FGCU Course: *MAC 2311 Calculus I (4) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX311 or an advanced mathematics course
    [For MAC 2311 Prerequisites of MAT 1033 minimum grade of C then MAC 1105 minimum grade of C then MAC 1147 minimum grade of C; or relevant accelerated credit; or placement exam]

    FGCU Course: OCE 1001C Introduction to Oceanography (3) Minimum Grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: OCEX001C or OCEX001

    FGCU Course: *PHY 2053 College Physics I (3) and PHY 2053L College Physics I Laboratory (1) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: PHYX053C or (PHYX053 and PHYX053L) or (PHYX004 and PHYX004L)
    [Prerequisites of MAT 1033 minimum grade of C then MAC 1105 minimum grade of C then MAC 1147 minimum grade of C; or relevant accelerated credit; or placement exam]

    Note: FGCU is submitting a Common Prerequisites Manual (CPM) Revision Request to establish a new track in the CPM

  3. Required Courses in the Major (30 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    CHM 1084C Environmental Chemistry (4)
    GLY 1010C Physical Geology (4)
    GLY 4XXXC Marine Geology (3)
    ISC 3154C Environmental Research Design (3)
    OCB 4633C Marine Ecology (3)
    OCB 4936 Senior Capstone Marine Science (1)
    OCC 4002C Marine Chemistry (3)
    OCE 3603 Quant Techniques Oceanography (3)
    OCP 3002C Physical Oceanography (3)
    PCB 3463C Marine Ecos Mon & Res Method (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (20 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.

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

    Complete 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 Top in Intd Nat Scienc (1)

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

    Complete 6 credits from the following Biological courses:
    BSC 3303 Biogeography (3)
    EVS 4814C Environmental Toxicology (3)
    OCB 3108C Field Studies Marine Science (4)
    OCB 4930 Special Topics: Marine Biology (3)
    PCB 3043C General Ecology (3)
    PCB 4442C Wetland Ecology (3)
    OCB 4740C Marine Invertebrates (3)
    OCB 4623C Marine Physiology (3)
    ZOO 4454C Ichthyology (3)
    ZOO 4894C Fisheries Management (3)

    Complete 3 credits from the following Quantitative Applications and Methods courses:
    OCE 4260C Coastal Remote Sensing and GIS (3)
    EVR 4043C Environmental GIS (3)
    PAD 4343C Coastal Zone Management (3)
    STA 3163 Applied Statistics (3)

    Complete 3 credits from the following Physical and Geochemical courses: 
    GLY 4XXXC Organic Geochemistry (3)
    GLY 3420C Tectonics and Marine Geology (4)
    GLY 3603C Paleontology (3)
    GLY 4071C Paleoclimatology (3)
    GLY 4074C Meteorology & Climatology (3)
    GLY 4244C Biogeochemistry (3)
    GLY 4700C Coastal and Watershed Geology (3)
    GLY 4XXXC Hydrogeology (3)
    GLY 4XXXC Coastal Dynamics (3)
    GLY 4952 Carbonate Deposition Environs (3)
    OCE 4930 Special Topics: Oceanography (3)

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

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    Select one of the following:
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)
    Or at least 3 credits in sustainability coursework (SCGR Attribute)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
Total Credits Required: 120

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