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2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Marine Biology, B.S. Degree Requirements (124 hours)

Degree Plan (MARBSCBS)

General Education Curriculum

GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)

GEC 02. Natural Science (8-10 hours minimum)

Select 2 sciences with labs:

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)

GEC 06. Mathematics (3 hours)

Select 1 course:

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (3 hours)

Select 1 course:

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here .

GEC 07 - GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum

Select at least 10 hours

To be taken at the Gulf Coach Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs

DEG 03. Electives

Choose electives as needed. (See Hours to Degree below.)


♦ Calculus is required for this major. MAT 114 is recommended for biology majors. MAT 167 is generally taken by students desiring a minor in mathematics or by students with a second major in mathematics. Students may enroll in MAT 114 if their ACT mathematics subtest score is 24 or higher. Students enrolling in MAT 167 must have an ACT mathematics subtest score of 26 or higher. Students entering USM with an ACT mathematics subtest score of 20 to 23 must complete MAT 101 (College Algebra) with a C or better before taking MAT 114. Students entering USM with an ACT mathematics subtest score of less than or equal to 19 must take MAT 099 (Intermediate Algebra) during their first semester and earn at least a C prior to enrolling in MAT 101 (which must also be completed satisfactorily prior to enrolling in MAT 114). MAT 103 (Trigonometry) is recommended for students lacking a good background in mathematics.

Hours to Degree

124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Marine Biology. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements  for more information.