B.S. in Biology - Marine Science Concentration

College of the Sciences and Mathematics
Academic Foundations
First Year Experience requirement4
English Composition requirement6-7
Mathematics requirement3-4
Introduction to Statistics I
Introduction to Statistics and Probability
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Ethics requirement3
Distributed Disciplinary Foundations
Science requirement6-8
General Chemistry I
General Physics I
Behavioral & Social Science requirement6
Humanities requirement6
Arts requirement3
University Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Degree Requirements
Capstone requirement1-15
Core Courses
BIO 110General Biology I 14
BIO 111General Biology II 14
BIO 210Genetics 13
BIO 210LGenetics Lab 11
BIO 211Cell Biology 14
CHE 103General Chemistry I3
CRL 103General Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 104General Chemistry II Lab1
CHE 231Organic Chemistry I4
CRL 231Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHE 232Organic Chemistry II3
PHY 130General Physics I 24
or PHY 170 Physics I
PHY 140General Physics II 24
or PHY 180 Physics II
MAT 121Introduction to Statistics I3
or MAT 125 Introduction to Statistics and Probability
Select one semester of calculus3-4
Other Required Courses
BIO 270Ecology 13
BIO 312Marine Botany 13
BIO 313Marine Biology 13
BIO 310Biostatistical Applications3
ESS 330Introduction to Oceanography3
Marine Science Electives
Selected under advisement from the list below, (6 credits must be chosen at the 300- or 400-level) from the Department of Biology approved list9
WCU Courses:
Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Mammals
Intro to Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Oceanography
Cheyney University Courses: SLF 330, 332 3
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.)
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following: 13
Capstone: Seminar in Biology 4
Capstone: Independent Research in Biology 4
Capstone: Professional Development in Biology 4
Total Minimum Credits Required120

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


The recommended Physics sequence is PHY 130 & PHY 140. Students may substitute the PHY 170 & PHY 180 sequence, but PHY 130 may not be used as a prerequisite for PHY 180 and PHY 170 may not be used as a prerequisite for PHY 140.


Check the Cheyney University Catalog for more information about the courses


This course fulfills the Capstone requirement.

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 sample 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
BIO 110 General Biology I 4
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
FYE 100XFirst Year Experience 4
Semester Two
BIO 111 General Biology II 4
CHE 104
CRL 104
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
MAT 121
Introduction to Statistics I 1
or Introduction to Statistics and Probability
WRT 2XX200-Level WRT Course 3
Behavioral & Social Science Gen Ed 3
Year Two
Semester Three
BIO 210
and Genetics Lab 2
CHE 231
CRL 231
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
Humanities & Ethics Gen Ed 3
Arts Gen Ed 3
Semester Four
BIO 211 Cell Biology 2 4
BIO 313 Marine Biology 3
CHE 232 Organic Chemistry II 3
MAT 145
Calculus for the Life Sciences
or Brief Calculus
or Calculus I
Behavioral & Social Science Gen Ed 3
Year Three
Semester Five
BIO 270 Ecology 2 3
PHY 130 General Physics I 4
ESS 330 Introduction to Oceanography 3
Diverse Communities Gen Ed 3
Directed Elective 3
Semester Six
BIO 310 Biostatistical Applications 3
BIO 312 Marine Botany 3
PHY 140 General Physics II 4
Interdisciplinary Gen Ed 3
Speaking Emphasis Gen Ed 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
Marine Science Elective 3 3
Marine Science Elective 3 3
Humanities Gen Ed 3
Upper-Level Directed Elective 3
Semester Eight
BIO 490
Capstone: Seminar in Biology
or Capstone: Independent Research in Biology
or Capstone: Professional Development in Biology
Marine Science Elective 3 3
Directed Elective 3
Directed Elective 3
 Total Credits120-121

Students should take Statistics (MAT 121 or MAT 125) in the first year.


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


Marine Science electives may need to be taken during the summer or winter terms when taken off campus (i.e., at a Marine Science Field Station).