The major in marine biology provides students with a broad understanding of the basic biological and ecological principles as they relate to the marine ecosystems. Core courses will expose students to the discovery nature of science and educate them in their roles as global citizens in preserving the health of the marine environment. The major prepares students to enter careers and advanced studies in biological research, environmental science and conservation.
Thirteen (13) courses are required: eight (8) core marine biology courses, three (3) core chemistry courses, one (1) biology elective course, one approved field experience in marine biology, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive standard exam. At least eight (8) of the thirteen (13) courses required for the marine biology major must be taken at Rollins College or as part of a Rollins-sanctioned program. Of these eight (8), at least five (5) must be BIO prefix courses beyond BIO 120/121.
Students may not major, double major, or minor in both Marine Biology and Biology.
CORE BIOLOGY COURSES (8 courses)
CORE PHYSICAL SCIENCE COURSES (3 courses)
FIELD STUDY REQUIREMENT
An approved field experience in marine biology is required and may be satisfied by one of the following.
A minimum of six (6) semester hours comprising any biology courses from BIO 210 and above. Courses from core groupings, other than those used to satisfy the core, may be used as electives. One (1) Biology internship (BIO 296, 396, or 496) may be used as an elective. The course(s) used to fulfill the biology elective for the Marine Biology major may not be used to satisfy the requirements of other majors.
Students preparing for graduate programs in any area of biology or professional school require a thorough introduction to physics and calculus. Therefore, they are advised to take CHM 221, PHY 120 and PHY 121 or 131, calculus, and statistics.