Marine Sciences, Minor

Program Code: MARSC_UMNR

Spring 2021 Curricular Update: The program description, entrance requirements, and program requirements detailed on this page are effective beginning Spring 2021. To learn more about what approved curricular changes take effect in Spring 2021, please visit the Changes to the UG Bulletin page. To view the requirements in effect for Fall 2020, please visit the 2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin PDF.

Entrance to the Minor

To enter the program, a student must have attained at least fourth-semester standing, completed CHEM 112, MATH 111 or MATH 141, and BIOL 110 or their equivalents, and have earned a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50. To ensure adequate advising and record keeping, the student must apply for the minor in the Marine Sciences program office and must then complete the requirements shown on the program requirements tab.

In addition to the entrance requirements shown above, there are prerequisite credits required for courses listed under Supporting Courses and Related Areas.

Spring 2021 Curricular Update: The program description, entrance requirements, and program requirements detailed on this page are effective beginning Spring 2021. To learn more about what approved curricular changes take effect in Spring 2021, please visit the Changes to the UG Bulletin page. To view the requirements in effect for Fall 2020, please visit the 2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin PDF.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 19

Courses offered by other institutions may be substituted for any of the required courses listed below, if accepted for transfer by the student's major department and approved by the Marine Sciences Committee. This includes up to 16 transfer credits from SOC. Upon completion of the requirements and no later than the tenth week of the semester in which the student is to graduate, he or she must verify in the Marine Sciences program office that the requirements have been met.

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
GEOSC 40The Sea Around Us Keystone/General Education Course3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select at least 6 credits of field studies of the following: 16
Experimental Field Biology
Coastal Biology Travel Experience
Tropical Field Ecology
Coral Reef Systems Keystone/General Education Course
Science Diving
Advanced Science Diving
Independent Studies
Marine Biogeochemistry
Independent Studies
Independent Studies
Independent Studies 2
Select 10 credits from the following list:10
Symbiosis
Invertebrate Zoology
Coastal Biology
The Organic Geochemistry of Natural Waters and Sediments
Marine Geology
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Limnology
Limnological Methods
Wetland Conservation
Ichthyology
Ichthyology Laboratory

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Iliana Baums
Associate Professor of Biology
208 Mueller Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
814-867-0491
baums@psu.edu

Career Paths

Marine Scientists work for universities, governments, non-profits and private industry in a range of functions. For example, they develop tools and methods to manage ocean resources such as fisheries, protect shorelines from erosion, and guide ocean exploration for minerals and oil. There are also a wide range of opportunities for graduate studies in the marine sciences, which include master’s and Ph.D. degrees.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY
228 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-2329
psubioadvising@psu.edu

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