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Biological Sciences - Marine Conservation, B.S.

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Major Code: 7093 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences–Marine Conservation provides students with the skills and knowledge for immediate employment in ocean and estuarine conservation, or for graduate studies in ecology and conservation biology. Graduates are prepared to face the challenges associated with global climate change, pollution and habitat loss, as well as the growing threat of invasive species.

Coursework emphasizes ecological principles, experimental design, implementation and analysis. Access and training to in-demand technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), R statistical software and other tools are a priority. Courses in environmental law, natural resource economics and media communication gives graduates the skills necessary to serve as ocean diplomats to the public, or aid in policy debate and implementation.

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. Fieldwork is required and is available locally in the lndian River Lagoon (one of North America’s most diverse estuaries) and through summer field courses in the Galapagos Islands, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Cuba and other locations. This degree is eligible for the Fast Track program, allowing students to complete the bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and the master’s degree (M.S.) in conservation technology in five years. 

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply for admission to study in the department of biological 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.

Florida Tech has articulation agreements with many of the community colleges in Florida. Students considering transfer to Florida Tech should consult with the department to determine transferability of credits. If there is a question regarding specific courses needed, students should contact the associate department head for  undergraduate studies.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences - Marine Conservation 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.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Spring (17 credit hours)

Summer (3 credit hours)

BIO xxxx Field Biology Course Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year

Fall (15 credit hours)

Spring (14 credit hours)

Total Credits Required: 129

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