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Marine Science

Marine Science

Major

MARINE SCIENCE

The marine science major provides both an integrative science background and specialized foundation work especially suitable for students planning professional careers in marine fields.

Students majoring in any track of the marine science major are expected to be knowledgeable regarding fundamental concepts of biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanography as well as scientific methods employed by marine scientists.

In addition, students are expected to be able to:

  • synthesize information from the various marine science disciplines;
  • speak professionally; and
  • utilize bibliographic resources effectively and properly document them in a scientific report.

The B.A. degree is not offered.

Required for the B.S. is a core of 11 courses:

Biological Oceanography, Geological Oceanography, Chemical and Physical Oceanography, Marine Science Seminar, Fundamental Physics I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Calculus I and II, and Marine Science Comprehensive Exam or Senior Thesis.

In addition to the core, specified courses in one of the following four tracks must be included:

MARINE BIOLOGY - Marine Invertebrate Biology, Marine and Freshwater Botany, Cellular Processes, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Physiology, and Organic Chemistry I.

MARINE CHEMISTRY - Organic Chemistry I and II, Analytical Chemistry, Marine Geochemistry, Physical Chemistry I or Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences, Instrumental Analysis, and one of the following: any 300+ level course in Chemistry or Marine Science or a 200+ level course in Mathematics.

MARINE GEOLOGY - Earth Systems History, Earth Materials, Earth Structure, Marine Stratigraphy and Sedimentation, and three of the following upper level geology courses: Coastal Geology, Marine Invertebrate Paleontology, Marine Geochemistry, Principles of Hydrology, and Solid Earth Geophysics. Statistics, GIS for Environmental Studies or Remote Sensing may be substituted for one upper level geology class.

MARINE GEOPHYSICS - Earth Materials, Earth Structure, Solid Earth Geophysics, Introduction to Computer Science, Calculus III, and Differential Equations, and one of the following upper level courses: Earth Systems History, Marine Stratigraphy and Sedimentation, Marine Invertebrate Paleontology, Principles of Hydrology, Marine Geochemistry, Coastal Geology, GIS for Environmental Studies, Remote Sensing, or Linear Algebra.

All marine science majors are encouraged to participate in an alternative field experience, which may include Winter Term or Sea Semester.

Majors must complete one of the following capstone experiences:

    Comprehensive Exam: A thorough exam covering general oceanography and required courses within the track; offered during the Winter Term of a student's senior year.
    Thesis: A formal thesis including original research in marine or related sciences. At least one marine science faculty member must be on the thesis committee.

Students who major in the marine science biology track may not major in biology, and students who major in the marine science chemistry track may not major in chemistry,and students who major in marine science geology or geophysics tracks may not major in geosciences.

All 100 and 200 level science and math courses required for the marine science major or minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better, with the exception of no more than two courses.

Possible sequence of courses:

MARINE BIOLOGY TRACK

Freshmen

    Biological Oceanography
    Geological Oceanography
    Calculus I
Sophomores
    General Chemistry I and II
    Calculus II
    Cellular Processes
    Genetics and Molecular Biology
Juniors
    Marine Invertebrate Biology
    Marine and Freshwater Botany
    Ecology
    Organic Chemistry I
    Marine Science Junior Seminar
Seniors
    Comparative Physiology
    Chemical and Physical Oceanography
    Marine Science Senior Seminar
    Physics I and II

MARINE CHEMISTRY TRACK

Freshmen

    Biological Oceanography
    Geological Oceanography
    General Chemistry I and II
    Calculus I
Sophomores
    Organic Chemistry I and II
    Calculus II
    Physics I and II
    Analytical Chemistry
Juniors
    Chemical and Physical Oceanography
    any 300+ level course in Chemistry or Marine Science or a 200+ level course in Mathematics
    Marine Science Junior Seminar
Seniors
    Marine Geochemistry
    Physical Chemistry I or Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
    Instrumental Analysis
    Marine Science Senior Seminar

MARINE GEOPHYSICS TRACK

Freshmen

    Biological Oceanography
    Geological Oceanography
    Calculus I
    Earth Materials
Sophomores
    Earth Structure
    Calculus II
    Physics I and II
    Introduction to Computer Science
Juniors
    Solid Earth Geophysics
    General Chemistry I and II
    Calculus III
    Marine Science Junior Seminar
Seniors
    Differential Equations
    Upper-level geology elective
    Chemical and Physical Oceanography
    Marine Science Senior Seminar

MARINE GEOLOGY TRACK

Freshmen

    Biological Oceanography
    Geological Oceanography
    Calculus I
    General Chemistry I and II
Sophomores
    Earth Materials
    Physics I and II
    Calculus II
    Earth Systems History
Juniors
    Earth Structure
    Marine Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
    Upper level geology elective or Statistics
    Marine Science Junior Seminar
Seniors
    2 Upper-level geology electives
    Chemical and Physical Oceanography
    Marine Science Senior Seminar

The minor in Marine Science consists of five courses to include the following: Biological Oceanography, Geological Oceanography, Chemical and Physical Oceanography, and two marine science courses at 200-level or above. Only two of these courses may count for another major or minor.

Student Research

Given the close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and subtropical climate, the Tampa Bay region has a high concentration of marine research and academic institutions. Because of many local connections in the Tampa Bay area, a large number of opportunities are available to our students through government and private marine agencies and laboratories, public aquaria, marine conservation institutions, environmental consulting firms, and commercial aquaculture firms.

$1Mil Renovation Project

GMSL patio

The National Science Foundation awarded Eckerd College $870,720 to renovate research spaces within the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory during the summer of 2011. Eckerd contributions to the project bring the total renovation budget to over $1 million. Learn more.