B.S. in Biology - Marine Science Concentration

College of the Sciences and Mathematics
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirement6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Science requirements are met by CHE 103 and PHY 130
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements 9
Major Core Requirements
BIO 110General Biology 13
BIO 220Cell Physiology 13
BIO 230Genetics 13
Select one of the following: 11-16
Internship in Biological Sciences
Biology Seminar
Special Problems in Biology
CHE 103General Chemistry I3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 104Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)1
CHE 231Organic Chemistry I4
CRL 231Experimental Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHE 232Organic Chemistry II3
PHY 130General Physics I4
PHY 140General Physics II4
MAT 121Introduction to Statistics I3
Select one semester of calculus3-4
Other Major Requirements
BIO 215General Botany 13
BIO 217General Zoology 13
BIO 270Ecology 13
BIO 312Marine Botany 13
BIO 313Marine Biology 13
BIO 310Biostatistical Applications3
Marine Science Electives9
Selected under advisement from the list below, (6 credits must be chosen at the 300- or 400-level) from the Department of Biology approved list
WCU Courses:
Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Mammals
Intro to Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Oceanography
Cheyney University Courses: SLF 330, 332 2
Wallops Island/Marine field station courses: Courses are to be chosen from two or more topics including, but not limited to, marine or wetlands ecology, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, marine mammals, ornithology, marine molecular biology, and biotechnology. (Courses completed at the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium and other marine field stations will be approved on an individual basis and will require adviser and departmental approval.)
Total Minimum Credits Required120
1

Courses must be passed with a grade of C- (70%) or better.

2

 Check the Cheyney University Catalog for more information about the courses

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
BIO 110 General Biology 3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)
4
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction to Statistics I  
Brief Calculus  
Calculus for the Life Sciences  
Calculus I  
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Two
WRT 2XX 3
BIO 215
General Botany
or General Zoology
3
CHE 104
CRL 104
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)
4
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction to Statistics I  
Brief Calculus  
Calculus for the Life Sciences  
Calculus I  
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits16-17
Year Two
Semester Three
BIO 215
General Botany
or General Zoology
3
CHE 231
CRL 231
Organic Chemistry I
and Experimental Organic Chemistry I Lab
6
SPK 208
Public Speaking
or Business and Professional Speech Communication
3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
BIO 220
Cell Physiology
or Genetics
3
BIO 270 Ecology 3
CHE 232 Organic Chemistry II 3
BIO 313 Marine Biology 3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
BIO 220
Cell Physiology
or Genetics
3
PHY 130 General Physics I 4
Diversity (J) Course 3
ESS 330 Introduction to Oceanography 3
Directed Elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Six
BIO 310 Biostatistical Applications 3
Marine Botany 3
PHY 140 General Physics II 4
Interdisciplinary (I) Course 3
Directed Elective 3
 Credits16
Year Four
Semester Seven
MarSci Relevant Elective 3
MarSci Relevant Elective 3
Directed Elective 4
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits13
Semester Eight
MarSci Relevant Elective 3
Directed Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Biology Seminar  
Internship in Biological Sciences  
Special Problems in Biology  
Directed Elective 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits120-122

All required 200 level Biology courses should be completed by the end of Semester #5.

Students should take MAT 121 in the first year.

Marine Science relevant electives (noted in semesters 7&8) may need to be taken during the summer or winter terms, when taken off campus, i.e. at a Marine Science Field Station.