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Department of Marine Science
Coastal Carolina University
PO Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528

Coastal Science Center
in the Atlantic Center
(refer to the Campus Map).

Contact Susan Soucy at soucy@coastal.edu
or call


843-349-2219 (phone)
843-349-2545 (fax)

 

THE MARINE SCIENCE MAJOR

The major in Marine Science integrates the study of Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics and Mathematics and applies these to the marine environment. Major courses are selected from Marine Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics. Students are encouraged to select an area of emphasis in marine biology, coastal geology, marine chemistry, atmosphere/ocean dynamics, or marine analytical technology. Lecture, laboratory, and field experiences are integrated to provide a well-rounded scientific program. The facilities available for Marine Science majors include a lecture and laboratory complex, a computer research lab, ocean-going and estuarine research vessels, and a full complement of oceanographic sampling equipment. Laboratories and research projects are conducted at various coastal habitats, including Waties Island, a barrier island, marsh and upland complex owned by the University. Marine science graduates are employed as marine and environmental researchers for government agencies, universities, and private industry; as marine and environmental educators; as high school and middle school science teachers; and in the fields of marine and environmental management and policy. Outstanding students are encouraged to pursue graduate study.

 

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Students who graduate with a B. S. in Marine Science should be able to:

1. Explain the principles, concepts, applications, and inter-relations of biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and mathematics, as they apply to the marine environment.

2. Use the scientific method to describe, analyze, and solve scientific problems involving marine science and related fields.

3. Exhibit proficiency in the use of technology, critical thinking, and quantitative tools used in marine science applications.

4. Successfully pursue entry-level jobs or enter graduate programs in various scientific fields.

5. Interact and communicate effectively with peers, mentors, and the larger community.

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR B.S. IN MARINE SCIENCE

Disclaimer: The University Catalog represents the official requirements for the degree. We have tried to make this handbook error-free, but if a discrepancy is found between the University Catalog and this Marine Science Student Handbook, the Catalog takes precedence.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all major and upper-level science courses. Students who have not earned a C or better in a Mathematics course within one year of enrollment at Coastal Carolina University are considered to be at risk for the Marine Science program.

I. CORE CURRICULUM (38-41 Credits)

English 101, and English 102 or 211                                               6

Humanistic concepts (choose one course from 2 of the 3 disciplines in list below)           6

ENGL 205, 231, 287, 288, HIST 101, 102, 202, PHIL 101, 102, THEA 130

Foreign Language                                                                           3-6

Six credit hours in sequence or three credit hours at 130 level or higher.

Global Studies Awareness (choose one)                                          3

Option 1 – completion of an approved Study Abroad Course

Option 2 – completion of one of the following: ANTH 102, CBAD 120, ECON 150, ENGL 275, 276, 277, GEOG 121, HIST 111, 112, HONR 101, POLI 101, RELG 103

Structure and Development of the United States (choose one)       3

HIST 201 or POLI 201

Human Health and Behavior (choose one)                                       3

ECON 110, EXSS 122, HPRO 121, RSM 120, PSYC 101, SOC 101,WGST 103

Creative Expression (choose one)                                                    3

ARTH 105, 106, 107, ARTS 102, ENGL 201, MUS 110,257, 258; THEA 101, 201

Math, Science, and Communication requirements listed under “Foundation Courses” 11

II. FRESHMAN GRADUATION REQUIREMENT (0-3 Credits)

University 110                                                                                 0-3

III. FOUNDATION COURSES (34 Credits)

Mathematics 160*, 161                                                                    8

Statistics 201/201L                                                                          4

Marine Science 111/111L*, 112/112L                                              8

Marine Science 201                                                                          3

Biology 121, 122                                                                              6

(Students planning to take advanced biology courses are advised to take Biology 121L, as it is a prerequisite for upper-level courses.)

Chemistry 111/111L, 112/112L                                                       8

Physics 211/211L, 212/212L                                                           8

A "C" or better is required in all foundation courses except Biology 121, Chemistry 111/111L

and MATH 161.

* MATH 160, MSCI 111/111L, and MSCI 201 also satisfy Core Curriculum math, science, and communication requirements. Though listed above under Foundation Courses, their credits are counted toward the total credits for the Core Curriculum and not toward the Foundation total. 7

IV. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (36 Credits)

Marine Science 301/301L                                                                  4

Marine Science 302/302L                                                                  4

Marine Science 304/304L                                                                  4

Marine Science 305 /305L                                                                 4

Science courses from the following list, including at least 8 credits designated as Marine Science: 20

Biology 310, 315, 330, 340, 343, 350, 365, 370, 375, 399, 410, 426, 436, 442, 450, 451, 455, 461, 475, 476, 477, 481, 484, 485, 488, 499 and associated labs.

 Chemistry Courses numbered 300 and above

 Computer Science 140, 150, and courses numbered 310 and above

Geography 201, 205

 Geology Courses numbered 300 and above

 Marine Science Courses numbered 300 and above

 Mathematics Courses numbered 240 and above, except 397

 Physics Courses numbered 300 and above

Statistics Courses numbered 300 and above

 

A "C" or better is required for all Major Requirements. No more than 6 hours of independent study, internship, and/or directed under graduate research and/or senior thesis may be used for major credit.

Recommended Areas of Study in Marine Science

Students interested in graduate school and/or specific areas of interest in marine science are encouraged to pursue one of the following areas of emphasis:

Atmosphere/Ocean Dynamics

Coastal Geology

Marine Analytical Technology

Marine Biology

Marine/Environmental Chemistry

Recommended courses for these areas of emphasis can be found in the Marine Science Student Handbook or on the Department of Marine Science web pages. Students interested in graduate school are encouraged to investigate the specific admissions requirements for target graduate programs. Each student will develop their academic plan in consultation with their Marine Science advisor.

V. COGNATE OR MINOR REQUIREMENTS (0 Credits)

Students majoring in Marine Science are not required to complete a minor or cognate. However, they may elect to minor in any field in which Coastal Carolina offers a minor. If the minor includes courses which can be used for Marine Science major credit, then up to 8 hours of those courses may also be applied toward the Marine Science major’s upper level science requirement of 36 hours. Students seeking minors must have an adviser selected from the department offering the minor in addition to their Marine Science adviser.

VI. ELECTIVES (6-12 Credits)

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED (120credits)

 

AREAS OF EMPHASIS

Students may elect to intensively study an area of interest in Marine Science by selecting an area of emphasis. Each student will plan his or her academic plan in consultation with a Marine Science Advisor.

The following areas of emphasis are recommendations only and do not represent required courses toward a degree program, unless specified for a specific minor or double major.

ATMOSPHERE / OCEAN DYNAMICS (for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in physical oceanography, atmospheric science or other physical sciences)

Recommended Major and/or Elective Courses:

Mathematics 260 and 344, and any MATH/STAT 300 or above (excluding

MATH 330)………………………….………………………….……………..……9

Computer Science 206 or 207 or 208 or 209………………………………………….3

Marine Science 321/321L……………………………………………………………..4

Other Related Advanced Courses (At least 4 credits with Marine Science prefix)

Mathematics 242, 449, 452, 460, 465 and Marine Science 311/311L 399, 445/445L, 495/495L, 497, 499…………………………………………...................7-8

COASTAL GEOLOGY (for students interested in pursuing careers or graduate study in geologic processes that shape and change the coastal zone and the evolution of the coastline's unique environments)

Recommended Major and/or Elective Courses:

Marine Science 316/316L and choose at least 8 credits from Marine Science 416/416L, 444/444L 445/445L, 399, 497, 499, GEOL 300 or above…………………………..12

Other related courses: MSCI 331\331L, 401/401L, 402/402L; PHYS 430, 431, 432; and additional Math and CSCI courses.

MARINE ANALYTICAL TECHNOLOGY (for students interested in pursuing careers as field or lab technicians in the marine sciences)

Recommended Major and/or Elective Courses:

Marine Science 103, 311/311L, 331/331L, 399, 402, or 499, Biology 330/330L, 442/442L, 450/450L, 451……………………………………………………………...15

MARINE BIOLOGY (Four general areas of study are available for students interested in the biology of the marine environment.)

General Marine Biology provides a broad background in marine biological topics.

Recommended Major and/or Elective Courses:

Marine Biology Core: Choose from the following courses (Marine Science 331, 355, 376, 399, 420, 455, 458, 471, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 479, 495, 497, 499, Biology 310, 426, and associated labs)……………………………..…20

Graduate School bound students should take as many of the recommended courses as possible and either minor or double major in Biology.

Recommended Major and/or Elective Courses:

Biology or Marine Science/Biology courses including at least 2 of the following: Biology 340/340L, 350/350L, 370/370L………………………………..12 (recommend prioritizing 340 and 350, since ecological concepts from 370 are taught in numerous Marine Science courses)

Choose from Marine Science courses from the Marine Biology Core and Chemistry 331/331L, 332/332L……………………………………………………...12

MARINE / ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (for students interested in pursuing careers or

 

graduate study in marine and/or environmental chemistry)

Recommended Major and/or Elective Courses:

Chemistry 331/331L, 332/332L, 321/321L……………………………………………..12

Marine Science 355/355L, 401/401L, 402/402L, 497, 499 (choose 3) ………………....12

DOUBLE MAJORS

Students may double major in any program which offers a B.S. degree. To complete a double major, students must satisfy the major requirements for both programs and complete a minimum combined total of 48 upper-level credits in the two majors, all with a grade of "C" or better.

COGNATES OR MINORS

Students majoring in Marine Science are not required to complete a minor or cognate. However, they may elect to minor in any field in which Coastal Carolina offers a minor. If the minor includes courses which can be used for Marine Science major credit, then up to 8 hours of those courses may also be applied toward the Marine Science major’s upper level science requirement of 36 hours. Students seeking minors must have an adviser selected from the department offering the minor in addition to their Marine Science adviser. Commonly, Marine Science students elect to minor in Biology, Chemistry, Coastal Geology, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics.

A grade of C or better is required in each course to be applied toward the minor.