Aquatic and Marine Biology
About the Major
This major is designed for students interested in the study of life in freshwater and marine environments. It is housed within the Biology department. Scroll down this page to read about how to prepare for this program, the degree requirements, internship opportunities, and recent research projects.
What Classes Should I Take in High School to Prepare for this Program?
You should take standard college prep courses, including
- Four years of English
- A minimum of three years of math, including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II
- Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- At least two consecutive years of a modern language
Students who have participated in AICE, International Baccalaureate, or Advanced Placement may be awarded college credit, depending on their scores.
Students must complete the university's General Education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences, in addition to the specific requirements for the Aquatic and Marine Biology Major.
Lower Division Requirements
-BIOL141, 142, and 244 (Introductory Biology sequence)
-CHEM141 and 142 (General Chemistry)
Upper Division Requirements
-Choose three of the following four courses:
- BIOL306 Invertebrate Zoology
- BIOL312 Marine Vertebrate Biology
- BIOL313 Oceanography
- BIOL333 Limnology (Freshwater Biology)
-BIOL397 Aquatic & Marine Biology Internship
-BIOL497 Junior Research Proposal
-BIOL498 Senior Research Project
-BIOL499 Senior Seminar
-One additional Upper Division Biology course
-Independent Study credits will not count toward the major requirements.
-Organic Chemistry is strongly recommended for most Biology students and students considering graduate school in Marine Science should take Physics.
Where Past Students have Interned
-NOAA National Marine Fisheries
-St. Johns River Water Management District
-Mote Marine Labs
-Volusia County Environmental Management
- Mosquito Control
- Manatee Program
-City of DeLand Water Treatment Lab
-Marine Science Center
-Marine Discovery Center
-Volusia County Turtle Patrol
Recent Graduates are Working as:
Mote Marine Lab
Sanibel-Captiva Sea Turtle Conservation Program
Lab tech for United Water
Science teachers in Florida Public Schools
Graduate school at Duke University, Jacksonville University, Nova Southeastern