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Requirements for the Minor

Required Credit Hours: 18

See the Undergraduate Catalog for more details.

  1. Two required courses (6 credits)
    1. Introduction to Marine Science (3 credits) MSCI330, BIOL330, GEOL330
    2. Field Studies in Coastal Marine Environments (3 credits) MSCI331, GEOL407, ENSP404, BIOL404
  2. Marine Science Fundamentals courses (6 credits).  The upper-level requirements for the minor in Marine Science have recently been changed from three modules of MSCI501 (3 x 2 credits each = 6 credits total) to two modules of MSCI401 lecture (2 credits each) + MSCI401R recitation (1 credit each) for a total of 6 credits.  In order to maintain the interdisciplinary focus of the minor in Marine Science, students are required to take one MSCI 401 module (and corresponding recitation section) in the physical disciplines (MSCI 401 A, B or C) and one in the biological disciplines (MSCI 401 D, E or F).   Students must be enrolled in the corresponding recitation section (MSCI401R) concurrently.  

    During a 2-year transition period, students will be able fulfill the Fundamentals of Marine Science requirement by enrolling in either MSCI 501 or MSCI 401 courses.  However, we strongly encourage students new to the minor to pursue the MSCI 401 option since this model is best suited to undergraduate students.  Note: MSCI501 and MSCI401 courses for each topic are the same but MSCI501 is offered at the introductory graduate level and MSCI401 is offered at the undergraduate level. 

    Option 2-1.  Two MSCI401 courses + Recitation Sections (6 credits)

    Students choosing this option are required to take two modules of MSCI401 (2 credits) along with the corresponding MSCI401 recitation section (2 at 1 credit ea). Students must take one MSCI401 module (and corresponding recitation section) in the physical disciplines (MSCI401 A,B or C) and one in the biological disciplines (MSCI401 D,E or F).

    1. Fundamentals of Marine Science, Physical Oceanography (2 credits) MSCI401A
    2. Fundamentals of Marine Science, Chemical Oceanography (2 credits) MSCI401B
    3. Fundamentals of Marine Geology (2 credits) MSCI401C or Marine Geology GEOL306 (3 credits)
    4. Fundamentals of Marine Science, Biological Oceanography (2 credits) MSCI401D
    5. Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology, and Pathobiology (2 credits) MSCI401E
    6. Fundamentals of Marine Fisheries Science (2 credits) MSCI401F
    7. Fundamentals of Marine Science Recitation (1 credit) MSCI401R

    Option 2-1.  Three MSCI501 (graduate-level) courses (6 credits)
    Students choosing this option must request permission to enroll in graduate courses for undergraduate level credit from the Co-Directors of the Minor in Marine Science program, in order to have the course credited to their bachelor's degree.  Students enrolling in 500 level courses must have a 2.5 GPA overall and 3.0 GPA in previous Marine Science coursework.  

    1. Fundamentals of Marine Science, Physical Oceanography (2 credits) MSCI 501A
    2. Fundamentals of Marine Science, Chemical Oceanography (2 credits) MSCI 501B
    3. Fundamentals of Marine Geology (2 credits) MSCI501C or Marine Geology GEOL 306 (3 credits)
    4. Fundamentals of Marine Science, Biological Oceanography (2 credits) MSCI 501D
    5. Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology, and Pathobiology (2 credits) MSCI 501E
    6. Fundamentals of Marine Fisheries Science (2 credits) MSCI 501F
  3. Elective courses (6 credits)   Existing courses that can be used to meet this requirement are listed below. Additional courses may be added to the list with approval from the Marine Science Minor Advisory Committee.
    1. Invertebrate Biology (4 credits) BIOL 316
    2. Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology (3 credits) BIOL 404/MSCI 560
    3. Wetlands Ecology (4 credits) BIOL 427/BIOL627/MSCI 579
    4. Marine Geology (3 credits) GEOL 306 (only one of Marine Geology or Fundamentals of Marine Geology can be used for the marine science minor; the one course selected can count towards the fundamentals of marine science or the elective requirement, but not both)
    5. Paleontology (3 credits) GEOL 423/BIOL 317
    6. Estuaries (3 credits) ENSP 440
    7. Marine Science Seminars (1 credit each, currently taught as GEOL 407 or ENSP 249 courses) – Topics vary from year to year. Seminars can be repeated for credit if the topic is different.
    8. Sustainable Commerce in the Sea (3 credits) BUAD 492/ENSP 440
    9. Coastal Marine Habitats in North Wales (2 credits) MSCI 332
    10. Marine Science Mash Up (1 credit) MSCI 391
    11. Oceans and Climate (2 credits) MSCI 460
    12. Research in Marine Science (1 to 3 credits) MSCI 490
    13. Advanced Marine Invertebrate Zoology, a Field Course (3 credits) MSCI 498
    14. Coastal Botany (2 or 3 credits) MSCI 527
    15. Water Pollution (2 credits) MSCI 562
    16. Environmental Chemistry (3 credits) MSCI 563
    17. Principles of Pathobiology (3 credits) MSCI 565
    18. Aquatic Microbial Ecology (3 credits) MSCI 575
    19. Additional MSCI 501 Fundamentals of Marine Science courses not used to satisfy the Fundamentals requirement for the Marine Science Minor
    20. Additional graduate level courses may be applicable; these can be viewed on the VIMS Course Catalog