Joint Major in Marine Biology

The most up to date information about our programs can be found in the corresponding Calendar Section (https://www.mun.ca/regoff/calendar/sectionNo=SCI-3992). However, please note that revisions to this program are pending approval, together with the introduction of the Joint Honours in Marine Biology. The requirements below will likely change in the near future so please contact the program coordinator (ocean@mun.ca) if you need more information.

The Joint Major in Marine Biology is jointly administered by the Department of Ocean Sciences and the Department of Biology. More information on recommended courses and time tables can be found in the Handbook of Undergraduate Studies available on both departmental websites. A Joint Honours in Marine Biology is currently pending approval. 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 and the Department of Biology at their earliest opportunity. Each student registered in the program will be assigned an 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 will normally have completed the following courses (or their equivalents) with an overall average of at least 60%:

  1. Biology 1001 and 1002 with an average grade of 65%;
  2. Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1200 and 1001);
  3. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses;
  4. Mathematics 1000;
  5. Ocean Sciences 1000 with a minimum grade of 65%;
  6. Physics 1020 (or 1050); and
  7. Physics 1021 (or 1051) or one Ocean Sciences course at the 2000 level.                     

    Earth Science 1000 is also an eligible substitue for admission to the program.

Students should be aware that delaying some of the above courses, particularly Chemistry 1050/1051, 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 60 combined credit hours from Biology and Ocean Sciences, with a minimum of 27 credit hours in either subject:

  1. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses;
  2. Mathematics 1000;
  3. Earth Sciences 1000;
  4. Statistics 2550 or any course with a credit restriction with Statistics 2550;
  5. Physics 1020 and 1021 (or 1050 and 1051);
  6. Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1200 and 1001), and 2400 and 2401;
  7. Biochemistry 2201 or the former 2101;
  8. Biology 1001, 1002, 2060, 2122, 2250 (or Biochemistry 2100), 2600, 2900, 3710 (or Ocean Sciences 2000) and 3711;
  9. Ocean Sciences 1000, 2000 (or Biology 3710), 2001, 2100, and 2500;
  10. additional courses to complete the required 60 combined credit hours in Biology and Ocean Sciences with a minimum of 27 credit hours in either subject (except Biology 2040, 2041, 2120, 3053, and 3820). A minimum of 6 credit hours in Biology at the 3000/4000 level and 12 credit hours in Ocean Sciences at the 3000/4000 level is required;
  11. and other courses as necessary to complete the minimum of 120 credit hours required for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science.

Notes:
- Courses cross listed between Biology and Ocean Sciences can only count for
one subject or the other.
- A maximum of 9 credit hours can be in Biology courses with no associated
laboratory/seminar.
- Students are encouraged to take Biochemistry 3206 as an elective as it is a
pre-requisite for several higher-level elective courses in Biology and in Ocean
Sciences.

For more information on our OCSC courses (Descriptions and Prerequisites) please click here.

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