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Courses for a Degree in Marine Biology

In addition to a focus on marine biology courses, colleges typically require completion of courses and electives in each of the Arts, Math, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences areas. Below are some sample courses:

Core Marine Biology Courses:

  • Introduction to Marine Biology
  • Introduction to Biological Oceanography
  • Marine Biochemistry
  • Marine Biology Lab
  • Current Research in Marine Biology
  • Statistical Methods in Marine Biology
  • Genetics

Elective Marine Biology Courses:

  • Physics and Chemistry of the Oceans
  • Introduction to Ocean Waves
  • The Physical Basis of Ocean Warming
  • Satellite Remote Sensing
  • Chemical Principles of Marine Systems
  • Ocean Acidification
  • The Solid and Fluid Earth
  • Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences + Lab
  • California Coastal Oceanography + Lab
  • Paleobiology and History of Life + Lab
  • Evolution of Earth's Biosphere + Lab
  • Marine Microbiology + Lab
  • The Coral Reef Environment
  • Applications of Phylogenetics + Lab
  • Pollution, Environment, and Health
  • Phycology: Biology of Marine Plants + Lab
  • Marine Invertebrates + Lab
  • Organic Chemistry + Lab
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Biochemical Techniques + Lab
  • Physics - Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics + Lab
  • Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Independent Study

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology