Undergrad Preparation

Students who have earned an undergraduate degree in biology, geology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or engineering are likely to have a good foundation for our graduate program, although there are several other undergraduate majors that are also suitable.

For further assistance, please contact an Academic Affairs Advisor

In summary our prerequisite courses are:

  • 2 semesters each of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, and Calculus
  • 15-18 credit hours of upper level coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics
  • 2 semesters of Statistics preferred for the MRA concentration


I. General Courses:

All students considering applying to a graduate program in Marine Science/Oceanography should take the following general courses as an undergraduate:


Courses Examples (+Semester Credits)
2 Semesters of Biology Fundamentals of Biology (3 cr) and
  Fundamentals of Botany (3 cr) or
  Fundamentals of Zoology (3 cr)
2 Semesters of Chemistry General Chemistry I + Lab (3 + 1 cr)
  General Chemistry II + Lab (3 + 1 cr)
2 Semesters of Physics General Physics I + Lab (3 + 1 cr)
  General Physics II + Lab (3 + 1 cr)
2 Semesters of Geology Physical Geology (3 cr)
  Earth History
2 Semesters of Calculus Elementary Calculus I (3 cr)
  Elementary Calculus II (3 cr)


II. Specialization Courses:

In addition to the general courses, students should take 15-18 credit hours of the following specialization courses in one of the basic sciences list below:


Biology Chemistry Geology Physics
Genetics Cell Biology Intro Inorg Chem Elem Invert Paleontol Modern Physics
Principle of Ecology Animal Anal Chem Struc Geol Intermediate Physics Lab
Physiology Organic Chemistry Organ Chem I Depos Syst Advanced Physics Lab
Fund. of Botany Org Chem ILab Marine Geol Mechanics I and II
Mycology Marine Org Chem II Lab Mineralogy Electricity and Magnetism I and II
Botany Intro to Micro Elem Phys Chem I Sedimentol Quantum Mechanics
App & Envir Micro Elem Phys Chem II Geochemistry Physics Seminar
Comp Vert Anatomy Intro Biochem Strat/Pet Geol Undergraduate Research
Invert Zoology Intro Biochem Lab Surficial Geol Calculus III
Mar Animal Ecol Meth Chem Inves Economic Geol Differential Equations
Icthyology Biomolecules Petrology  
Biol of the Echin Adv. Inorg Chem Anal Tech Geol  
  Radiochem Geomorphology  
  Instrum Ana Geophysics  


III. Additional Suggested Courses for Marine Resource Assessment Applicants

  • 2 semesters of Statistics