Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2014/2015)
25.17 Marine Biology
  • Professor Emeritus and Head of the Department
  • G.L. Fletcher

The degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) is offered in Marine Biology by full-time and part-time study through the Department of Ocean Sciences. Areas of concentration include: Ocean Ecology, Functional Biology of Marine Organisms, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Oceans and Environment.

25.17.1 Admission and Program of Study
  1. Admission into the Master’s degree program in Marine Biology is normally restricted to candidates holding at least a B.Sc. degree with second class Honours. When circumstances warrant, this requirement may be waived by the School of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Head of the Department.

  2. Each candidate will be assigned a Supervisory Committee consisting of the Supervisor and at least one other member. Within one month of the first registration in the M.Sc. degree program, a candidate will meet with his/her Supervisory Committee. Within six months, the student and the Supervisory Committee will agree on a written thesis proposal outlining the objectives, methods, timetable and funding for the project, and provide the proposal (signed by the student and the supervisory committee) to the Head for inclusion in the student’s file.

  3. Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate program courses as follows:

    • Ocean Sciences 7000

    • One of Ocean Sciences 7531 or 7561

    • 6 additional credit hours selected from other Ocean Sciences graduate courses or relevant courses in other Departments as approved by the Supervisory Committee

  4. All course requirements should be completed within four semesters from the date of first registration in the M.Sc. degree program.

  5. A candidate is required to give an oral presentation to the Department on the results of his/her research. This presentation should be given during the second year of the program.

  6. The M.Sc. degree program will conclude with a thesis examination as prescribed in the School of Graduate Studies General Regulations, Theses and Reports.

25.17.2 Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

  • OCSC 7000 Graduate Core Seminar (cross-listed as Biology 7000)
  • OCSC 7531 Biological Oceanography (same as the former Biology 7531)
  • OCSC 7540 Plankton Dynamics (same as the former Biology 7540)
  • OCSC 7551 Fisheries Resource Management (same as the former Biology 7551)
  • OCSC 7561 Physiology of Marine Vertebrates (same as the former Biology 7561)