Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Florida Tech Catalog 
2024-2025 Florida Tech Catalog

Marine Biology, B.S.

Major Code: 7284 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Admission Status: Undergraduate
Location(s): Main campus - Melbourne

The Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology provides students with the skills and knowledge for immediate employment in marine biology-related career tracks or for graduate studies. Coursework emphasizes the diversity of marine organisms as well as their characteristics, interrelationships and interactions with the marine environment. Integrating fieldwork and laboratory studies is a priority with an emphasis on using molecular-based approaches to answer questions regarding the adaptation and resilience of marine organisms and habitats in the face of global climate change and invasive species.

Undergraduate research opportunities range from work on marine microbes and molecular marine ecology to dolphins, tarpon, invasive lionfish, reef-corals and the rich fauna of Antarctica. Students can develop expertise in conservation genetics, geographic information systems, statistical modeling, and other in demand skills. Fieldwork is strongly focused and is available through coursework within the first semester. Fieldwork opportunities exist locally in the Indian River Lagoon, one of North America’s most diverse estuaries, and through summer field courses in the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Pacific Northwest and other locations.

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply for admission to a major in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences are strongly encouraged to complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics including second-year algebra and trigonometry.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum. Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty advisor to reflect the knowledge a student needs either for employment or graduate school.


Candidates for the degree must successfully complete the following curriculum.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Fall (16 credit hours)

Spring (14 credit hours)

  • Organismal cluster credit hours: 3
  • Restricted electives (BIO, CHM, ENS, MAR, OCN, SUS) credit hours: 7

Senior Year

Fall (15 credit hours)

  • Liberal arts elective credit hours: 3
  • Organismal cluster credit hours: 4
  • Restricted electives (BIO, CHM, ENS, MAR, OCN, SUS) credit hours: 4

Spring (14 credit hours)

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  • Ecology cluster credit hours: 4
  • Liberal arts elective credit hours: 3
  • Social science elective credit hours: 3

Total Credits Required: 124