Joint Major in Marine Biology

The Joint Major in Marine Biology is jointly administered by the Department of Ocean Sciences and the Department of Biology. It consists of core courses in oceanography and biology, and additional courses in various Science subjects. More information on recommended courses and time tables can be found in the Handbook of Undergraduate Studies available on both departmental websites.

Students who wish to enroll in the program should seek academic advising well in advance to ensure they have completed the appropriate prerequisites. Entry to required courses may be limited and determined by academic performance. Students are advised to consult with the Department of Ocean Sciences or the Department of Biology at the earliest opportunity. Each student registered in the program will be assigned a faculty advisor who should be consulted on academic issues, including course selection.

Entrance requirements

Admission to the program is based on academic standing. To be considered for admission to the program, students must normally have completed 33 credit hours with an overall average of at least 60%. The following courses must normally have been completed:

  • English 1090 and 1110 (or equivalent);
  • Mathematics 1000
  • Physics 1020 and 1021 (or 1050 and 1051);
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010 and 1011) (or 1200 and 1001);
  • Earth Sciences 1000;
  • Biology 1001 and 1002 with an average grade of 65%;
  • Ocean Sciences 1000 with a minimum grade of 65%

Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010 and 1011) should be taken in the first year, as it is a prerequisite for other required courses in the programs, and delaying chemistry until second year may make it difficult to complete the program in the normal four years.

Program of Study

Students pursuing a Joint Major in Marine Biology are required to complete a minimum of 33 credit hours in Biology and 33 credit hours in Ocean Sciences as follows:

  • English 1090 and 1110 (or equivalent);
  • Mathematics 1000
  • Earth Sciences 1000
  • Statistics 2550 (or equivalent)
  • Physics 1020 and 1021 (or equivalent)
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or Chemistry 1010 and 1011) (or 1200 and 1001), and Chemistry 2440 (or Chemistry 2400 and 2401);
  • Biochemistry 2101 and 3106;
  • Biology 1001, 1002, 2060, 2122, 2250, 2600, 2900, 3710 (or Ocean Sciences 2000) and 3711;
  • Additional courses required to complete 33 credit hours in Biology, except Biology 2040, 2041, 2120, 3053, and 3820, making sure the program includes an overall minimum of 6 credit hours in Biology at the 3000/4000 level;
  • Ocean Sciences 1000, 2000 (or Biology 3710), 2001, 2100, 2500; and at least one of Ocean Sciences 2200 or 2300;
  • Additional courses required to complete 33 credit hours in Ocean Sciences, including a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 3000/4000 level;
  • Other courses as necessary to complete the minimum of 120 credit hours required for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science.
  • Note 1: Courses cross listed between Biology and Ocean Sciences can only count for one subject or the other.

Note 2: A maximum of 9 credit hours can be in Biology courses with no associated laboratory/seminar.

Note 3: Students currently enrolled in the former Major in Biology (Marine) have the option of continuing the program as listed previously, or switch to the new Joint Major in Marine Biology outlined above.

OCSC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Contact

Ocean Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000