A student holding a sea turtle

Graduation Requirements

College of Science & Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology

Graduation Requirements
Entry level courses can be completed on either campus, but degree must be completed on St. Thomas campus.
B. Required Courses in Biology and Marine Biology (45 credit hours):      Credits
BIO 141-142 General Biology I-II 4-4
MBI 220 Marine Invertebrate Zoology 5
MBI 222 Ichthyology 4
BIO 223 Ecology  4
BIO 245 Genetics 4
MSC 239 Oceanography 4
BIO 349 Aquatic Plant Biology  4
BIO 360 Cell and Molecular Biology I 4
MBI 365 Junior Biology Seminar 2
MBI 424 Marine Ecology  4
MBI 497  Senior Science Seminar I 1
SCI 497 or MBI 498  Interdisciplinary Sr Sem or Sr Sem II  1
C. Required Courses in Related Fields (30-32 credit hours):  Credits
CHE 151-152 General Chemistry 5-5
MAT 241-242 Introduction to Calculus and …I-II 4-4
PHY 211-212* Introduction to Physics I-II 4-4
PHY 241-242 General Physics I-II 5-5
MAT 235 Statistics 4

Science Electives: An additional 15 credit hours of science electives are required.

*MAT 153 is a prerequisite for physics. Therefore, marine biology majors must also take MAT 153.

Other Requirements:

  • By the end of the sophomore year, all students must submit a study plan.
    • The study plan must be approved by the faculty of the Biology Program.
    • Any change in the study plan must be approved by the student’s advisor.
    • The study plan is a prerequisite to enrollment in Junior Biology Seminar.
  • All students must pass a comprehensive exam administered during the final semester of the senior year.