Marine Biologist Coursework U Of A

College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment Breadth Requirements:


The College Breadth Requirements are taken in addition to the University Breadth Requirement. Up to three credits from each of the University Breadth Requirement categories may be used to simultaneously satisfy these College Breadth Requirements. College Breadth courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.  Coursework in each category must represent two different disciplines. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

*note: three credits in each category below can be used to fulfill the University Breadth requirement

  • Six credits of Creative Arts and Humanities .
    • Understanding and appreciation of the visual and performing arts, of aesthetic forms, designs, or craftsmanship, or of literary, philosophical, and intellectual traditions. Courses may focus on a single aesthetic form or intellectual tradition, or cross-cultural comparisons.
  • Six credits of History and Cultural Change .
    • Understanding of the sources and forces of historical changes in ideas, beliefs, institutions, and cultures. Courses may address social, cultural, intellectual, economic, technological, artistic, scientific, and political development, changes in a discipline, or globalization and its effects.
  • Six credits of Social and Behavioral Sciences .
    • Understanding of the behavior of individuals and social groups in the context of their human and natural environments. Courses emphasize the empirical findings, applications, and methods of the social and behavioral sciences.

Foreign Language:


  • Completion of the intermediate-level course (107,112, or 202) in an ancient or modern language with minimum grades of D-.
    • The number of credits (0-12) needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language.
      • Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination  through the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department.

Second Writing Requirement:


A Second Writing Requirement  approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours, completed with a minimum grade of C-, and the section enrolled must be designated as satisfying the requirement in the academic term completed.

Marine Biology

The M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Biology are designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base in marine biology in areas including, but not restricted to, taxonomy/systematics, comparative morphology, evolution, genetics, physiology, cellular and molecular biology, and ecology. Marine Biology is a dynamic field, and our programs are flexibly designed to accommodate new discoveries and technologies.

Course requirements for all students are SMS 500 (Marine Biology), one semester of statistics at the graduate level, one semester of seminar (SMS 691) and a basic knowledge of descriptive oceanography.  Students interact closely with their committees to select additional coursework that provides both a broad knowledge base in marine biology and specific emphases appropriate for their research (e.g., aquaculture, biological oceanography, biology of fishes, ecology, invertebrate biology, marine algae, molecular biology). For more degree requirements, consult the Handbook for Graduate Programs and the Marine Biology Milestone Tracking form.

Required Core Courses


To maintain maximum flexibility, the majority of courses comprising a student’s Program of Study will be determined by the student in consultation with his/her major advisor and advisory committee. Requirements include:

  • Basic knowledge of descriptive oceanography equivalent to SMS 302.  Coursework taken prior to matriculation needs to be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Elective Marine Biology Courses


Programs of study

Students will be expected to develop special expertise in an area of marine biology.  A Program of Study with additional coursework will be established in close consultation with the student’s advisor and committee to build the foundation of the student’s expertise.

 

Program Coordinator
Gayle Zydlewski
Associate Professor
202A Libby Hall
Orono, ME  04469
207.581.4365
gayle.zydlewski@maine.edu

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