B.S. in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy (BY.MEBP.BS)

B.S. in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy (BY.MEBP.BS)

Major Requirements/Biology - MEBP (39 credits) 1
BY-119Introductory Biology Major Seminar1
BY-109Introduction to Biodiversity and Evolution4
(Satisfies Natural Sciences in General Education)
BY-110Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology4
BY-216Introduction to Genetics4
(Satisfies Technological Literacy (TL) in General Education)
BY-220Environmental Biology and Policy3
BY-341Marine Biology4
BY-342Coastal Zone Management (Satisfies Writing Intensive (WT) requirement)3
BY-395Seminar in Marine and Environmental Biology3
(Satisfies Reasoned Oral Discourse (RD) in General Educaiton)
BY-440Ecology (Satisfies Writing Intensive (WT) requirement)4
BY-442Natural Resource Conservation and Management (Satisfies Writing Intensive (WT) requirement)3
MEBP Electives (16 credits)
Select 16 credits from courses designated with Course Type: MEBP. Nine (9) credits of these electives must be Biology (BY) courses and nine (9) credits must be at the 300+ level or highter.16
Introduction to Oceanography
Environment and Human Health
Introduction to Global Sustainability
General Microbiology
Environmental Field Methods
Open Water Scuba Certification Course
Tropical Island Ecology
Applied Microbiology
Design and Analysis of Biological Experiments
Applied Field Biology
BY 299/BY 399/BY 499 Independent Study
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Maritime History/Underwater Archaeology
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Marine Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
Climate Change Adaptation and Policy
Environmental Policy
Interdisciplinary Requirements (26 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following:3
(MA-115 or MA-116 or MA-125 satisfies Mathematics in General Education)
Pre-Calculus Modeling for the Biological Sciences
Calculus for the Biological Sciences
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MA-151Statistics with Applications3
CE-111General Chemistry I3
CE-111LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I1
CE-112General Chemistry II3
CE-112LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II1
CE-241Organic Chemistry I 23
CE-241LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I1
PH-105Physics for the Life Sciences I3
PH-105LPhysics for the Life Sciences Laboratory I1
PH-106Physics for the Life Sciences II3
PH-106LPhysics for the Life Sciences Laboratory II1
Free Electives (9 credits) 3
Complete up to 9 credits of free electives 39
General Education Requirements (30 credits) 4
Complete 30 credits as outlined on the General Education table. 430
Total Credits120

BY-102 Applications in Biotechnology (3 cr.), BY-104 Human Biology (3 cr.), BY-105 Introductory Biology and Human Development (3 cr.), and BY-106 The Brain - Highs and Lows (3 cr.) are not available to BY majors. 


A second semester of Organic Chemistry (CE-242 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.)) may be required for certain graduate programs in marine or environmental science.


Please consult with your advisor regarding the required number of free electives that must be completed.


The General Education curriculum requires the completion of 45 credits. However, students may be able to share credits from within their major or interdisciplinary requirements. Please consult with your advisor to determine which General Education courses must be completed.


  • 54 credits must be completed at the 200 level or higher.

Sequence Chart

First Year
EN-101 College Composition I3BY-110 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology or 1094
BY-119 Introductory Biology Major Seminar1EN-102 College Composition II3
BY-109 Introduction to Biodiversity and Evolution or 1104CE-112
112L (Gen*Ed Natural Science (NS) BY,CE,PH,SC,GL)
111L (Gen*Ed Natural Science (NS) BY,CE,PH,SC,GL)
4FO-xxx World Language3
MA-115 Pre-Calculus Modeling for the Biological Sciences or 116 (Gen*Ed Mathematics)3Gen*Ed Social Science Survey (SS.SV)3
Semester Credits15Semester Credits17
Second Year
BY-216 Introduction to Genetics4BY-205 Zoology3
BY-220 Environmental Biology and Policy3BY-214 Botany3
4MA-151 Statistics with Applications3
Gen*Ed Aesthetics (AT) AR,DA,MU,TH3MEBP Elective3
 Gen*Ed Literature (LIT)3
Semester Credits14Semester Credits15
Third Year
BY-341 Marine Biology4BY-342 Coastal Zone Management3
4BY-395 Seminar in Marine and Environmental Biology3
MEBP elective (see curriculum chart)3PH-106
Gen*Ed Cultural Diversity (CD) or Global Understanding (GU)3MEBP Elective (see curriculum chart)3
 Free Elective3
Semester Credits14Semester Credits16
Fourth Year
BY-440 Ecology4BY-442 Natural Resource Conservation and Management3
MEBP Elective (see curriculum chart)4Gen*Ed History Survey (HS.SV)3
PR-4xx Interdisciplinary Perspectives (ISP)3MEBP Elective (see curriculum chart)3
Gen*Ed Historical Perspectives (HS.SV) or Social Science Survey (SS.SV)3Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
Semester Credits17Semester Credits12
Total Credits 120