The Marine Biology Degree is a science specialization in marine based biological organisms and ecology. Offered by the Department of Biology, the Marine Biology program is built on the foundation of the B.S. Biology degree but includes additional science courses necessary for a strong marine biology degree.
Students entering this dynamic field can expect to become involved directly in addressing some of the significant problems related to human impact on critical marine environments. This comprehensive major is designed to meet the needs of students who desire a broadly based education in preparation for field/laboratory careers in such areas as applied marine biology, marine ecology, graduate programs, government service, teaching, and private industry/consulting.
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The study of science is born from the conviction of the fundamental intelligibility of the world. Science at Ave Maria University testifies to the Catholic Church’s confidence in human reason and in its ability to know the truth about God’s creation even apart from the illuminating power of grace. The natural sciences are not simply technological disciplines, but are truly liberal arts education in which we seek to know truth for its own sake. By enabling us to enter the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of physical reality, science instills within the students a deep sense of wonder at the natural universe.
In addition to the core curriculum, Marine Biology majors take the following courses:
- BIOL 211 Biology I – Cellular and Molecular Biology
- BIOL 212 Biology II – Organismal and Population Biology
- BIOL 220 Zoology
- BIOL 230 Botany
- BIOL 240 or BIOL 241 General Ecology
- BIOL 303 Genetics
- BIOL 307 Marine Biology
- BIOL 310 General and Chemical Oceanography
- BIOL 321 Tropical Ecology and Field Biology
- BIOL 401 Microbiology
- BIOL 497 Directed Research
- CHEM 125 General Chemistry I
- CHEM 126 General Chemistry II
- CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I
- PHYS 211 or 221 Physics I
Two Elective Courses Required Courses in Marine Biology
- BIOL 402 Microbiological Ecology
- BIOL 403 Animal Physiology
- BIOL 407 Marine Zoology
- BIOL 408 Marine Botany
- BIOL 438 Aquatic Biology
Jacob Blanchard, Ph.D. (candidate)
Stephen Cronin, Ph.D.
Nicholas Curtis, Ph.D.
Brett Feger, M.S.
Ernesto Quintero, Ph.D.
Ladislav Sallai, Ph.D.
William Serson, Ph.D.
Thomas Smith, Ph.D.
Students will comprehend some of the significant problems related to human impact on the Marine environment.
Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of marine related problems and possible solutions
Outcome 2: Students will have an understanding of laboratory and field experimentation and different sampling techniques in marine environments.
Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate proficiency in understanding and use of the scientific literature as a tool for research and scholarship.
Outcome 4: Students will gain experience performing original scientific research in Marine Biology.
Outcome 5: Students will demonstrate a foundation in critical thinking skills related to the sciences, including the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, critical analysis of experimental data, and communication of results (oral and written).
Outcome 6: Students will be able to comprehend and understand significant marine issues currently impacting society.