Marine Science

The environmental and ocean sciences major, offered by the Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences, is intended for students interested in the natural sciences as well as the marine world. It provides a rigorous curriculum that is intended to prepare students to go on to either graduate studies or directly into oceanographic work. A core of oceanography courses unifies the environmental and ocean sciences major. In addition, the student elects a curriculum from a pathway in biology or earth systems. The student majoring in environmental and ocean sciences is encouraged to select an advisor from his or her area of concentration as soon as possible. A list of advisors is available from the chair of the Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences.

Preparation for the Major

The following 35 units of lower-division courses are required:
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3
BIOL 221
221L
Introduction to Organismal Diversity
and Introduction to Organismal Diversity Lab
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
ENVI 1104
MARS 2204
MATH 150Calculus I4
PHYS 136General Physics I3
PHYS 137General Physics II3
MATH 151Calculus II 14
1

 Recommended for students who anticipate going to graduate school.

Major Requirements

The major is made up of a core of environmental and ocean sciences courses and a concentration of courses in a particular discipline (called the “pathway”).

The Marine Science Core

The following 18 units of upper division courses in environmental and ocean sciences are required:
MARS 3003
MARS 4504
MARS/BIOL 451W4
MARS 4524
Capstone Experience:
Select at least two units of practical experience in the following courses or an equivalent course: 12
MARS 496
MARS 498
MARS 499
MARS 4951

Note: Practical experience units must be completed at least one semester before taking MARS 495.

A maximum of three units in addition to capstone requirements of MARS 496, MARS 497, MARS 498, and MARS 499 may be used in any combination to satisfy course requirements of the major.

The Pathways

The pathways associated with this major are biology and earth systems. Each pathway offers a concentration of courses, providing depth in the particular pathway; the units differ slightly according to the specific pathway.

Biology Pathway (22-23 units)

Preparation for the pathway
BIOL 225
225L
Introduction to Cell Processes
and Introduction to Cell Processes Laboratory
4
BIOL 300Genetics3
CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
Upper-Division Electives
Choose one course from Ecology, one from Organismal Biology and one from any category; at least two of the courses must have laboratories.11-12
Ecology
BIOL 460W
or MARS 464
Organismal Biology
Select one of the following:
Microbiology
Invertebrate Zoology
MARS 462
Physiology/Molecular Biology
Animal Development
BIOL 382
Invertebrate Physiology
and Invertebrate Physiology Lab
Vertebrate Physiology with Lab
and Vertebrate Physiology Lab
Cell Physiology
and Cell Physiology Lab

Note: Environmental and Ocean Sciences majors may substitute MARS 300 for  BIOL 305 as a prerequisite for upper-division BIOL courses.  Certain courses offered abroad may satisfy upper division elective requirements.

Earth Systems Pathway (18-22 units)

Preparation for the pathway (10 units)
ENVI 3144
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Statistics
Statistics
Biostatistics
Upper-Division Electives
Choose at least one course from each category; at least two courses with laboratory8-12
Methods in Earth System Science
ENVI 315
ENVI 420
System Interactions:
ENVI 485
ENVI 487
MARS 473
Elective
Ecological Communities of San Diego County
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Environmental Chemistry
Upper-Division Elective in Environmental and Ocean Sciences
Certain additional prerequisites are required for Upper-Division Core Courses.3-4

Recommended Program of Study, Biology Pathway

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Evolution 
MARS 220
 
ENVI 110
 
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
CC or Electives3-6
Semester II
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Evolution 
MARS 220
 
ENVI 110
 
BIOL 221
& biol 221l
Introduction to Organismal Diversity4
CHEM 152
& chem 152l
General Chemistry II4
CC or Electives3-5
Sophomore Year
Semester I
BIOL 225
& biol 225l
Introduction to Cell Processes4
CHEM 301
& chem 301l
Organic Chemistry I4
ENVI 1104
CC3-6
Semester II
BIOL 300Genetics3
PHYS 136General Physics I3
CC or Electives6-9
Junior Year
Semester I
MARS 4504
Select one of the following:1
MARS 496
 
MARS 498
 
MARS 499
 
PHYS 137General Physics II3
Pathway Elective3-4
Semester II
Select one of the following:1
MARS 496
 
MARS 498
 
MARS 499
 
Pathway Elective6-8
CC or Electives8-11
Senior Year
Semester I
MARS 451W4
MARS 4951
Pathway Elective3-4
CC or Electives8-10
Semester II
Pathway Elective3-4
Pathway Elective3-4
CC or Electives3-6

Recommended Program of Study, Earth Systems Pathway

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Evolution 
MARS 220
 
ENVI 110
 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
MATH 120Introduction to Statistics3
CC or Electives3-6
Semester II
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
ENVI 1104
CC or Electives3-6
Sophomore Year
Semester I
ENVI 3144
MATH 150Calculus I4
PHYS 136General Physics I3
CC or Electives3-6
Semester II
BIOL 221
221L
Introduction to Organismal Diversity4
PHYS 137General Physics II3
CC or Electives6-9
Junior Year
Semester I
MARS 496
or MARS 498
1
MARS 4504
Pathway Elective3-4
CC or Electives6-9
Semester II
MARS 496
or MARS 498
1
MARS 4743
MARS 474L1
Pathway Elective3-4
CC or Electives9-12
Senior Year
Semester I
MARS 451W4
MARS 4951
CC or Electives9
Semester II
MARS 4524
Pathway Elective3-4
CC or Electives9-10

Marine Science Minor

Because of the prerequisites and orientation of the courses in environmental and ocean sciences, this minor is intended for students majoring in the natural sciences. A minimum of 19 units are required, eleven of which are upper-division units, including:

Lower Division Preparation
MARS 2204
ENVI 1104
Certian additional prerequities are required for Upper-Division Core Courses.
Upper-Division Core
MARS 3003
Select two of the following:8
MARS 450
MARS 451W
MARS 452

CHAIR

Michel A. Boudrias, PhD

Faculty

Elizabeth D. Baker Treloar, MS

Hugh I. Ellis, PhD

Sarah C. Gray, PhD

Ronald S. Kaufmann, PhD

Mary Sue Lowery, PhD

Bethany O’Shea, PhD

Nathalie B. Reyns, PhD

Steven P. Searcy, PhD

Drew M. Talley, PhD

Zhi-Yong Yin, PhD