Concentration in Marine Biology

Students must earn a "C" or better in each course taken to fulfill a concentration requirement.

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The Marine Biology Concentration allows students interested in marine biology to study through a joint program with FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI). Several of the classes are taught at the HBOI campus in Ft. Pierce, FL.

Not every college can boast that it has an excellent academic curriculum, prestigious faculty, and access to some of the most beautiful beaches on the Florida coast. Wilkes Honors College can claim to all those assets, providing students with a chance of the natural environment that surrounds the campus. Life in the sea has been a subject of fascination for thousands of years. One of the most important reasons for the study of sea life is simply to understand the world in which we live. The oceans cover 71% (and rising) of this world, and yet we have only scratched the surface when it comes to understanding them. Scientists estimate that no more than 5% of the oceans have been explored.

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Course # Course Name Credits
BSC 1010, 1010L Honors Biological Principles with Lab 4
BSC 1011, 1011L Honors Biodiversity with Lab 4
CHM 2045, 2045L Honors General Chemistry I with Lab 4
CHM 2046, 2046L Honors General Chemistry II with Lab 4
MAC 2311 Honors Calculus I with Analytic Geometry 4
STA 2023 Honors Introductory Statistics 3
PHY 2048, 2048L or PHY 2053, 2048L Honors General Physics I with Lab or Honors College Physics I with Lab 5
PCB 3063 Honors Genetics 4
OCB 3012, 3012L Honors Marine Biology and Oceanography with Lab 4
OCB 4633, 4633L Marine Ecology and Lab  4
  Elective Credits (See list below) 23
IDS 4970 Honors Thesis (two semesters) 6
  Total Credits 69

Marine Science Electives are given below. Several of these are offered at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI). Other FAU marine science courses may be used only with the prior approval of the concentration advisor. Students are reminded that they need 45 credits of upper level courses to graduate.


Course # Course Name Credits
BCH 3033 Honors Biochemistry 3
OCE 2001 Honors Oceanography 3
OCB 4525/L Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology and Lab (HBOI) 6
OCB 4032/L Marine Biodiversity and Lab  4
OCE 4006 Marine Science 3
BOT 4404/L Marine Botany with Lab  4
BSC 3452 Honors Experimental Design and Data Analysis 3
BSC 4905 Honors DIS in Biology  1-3
BSC 4915 Honors Research in Biology  1-3
BSC 4930 Aquaculture Principles & Practice (HBOI) 3
BSC 4930 Exploring the Ocean (HBOI) 3
BSC 4930 Biology of Sea Turtles  3
BSC 4930 Honors Florida Ecosystems 3
BSC 4930 Honors Biology of Fishes and Lab 4

CHM 2211 and

CHM 2205L

Honors Organic Chemistry II, and


EVR 4420 Honors Marine Conservation 3
GLY 4054 Honors Evolution of Life on Earth  3
GIS 3044C Honors Geographic Information Systems 3
BSC 4930 Honors Deep Sea Biology 3
GLY 4105 Honors Evolution of Life on Earth 3
BSC 6936 Natural History Indian River Lagoon (HBOI) 3
MCB 3020/L Honors Microbiology and Lab  4
OCB 4043/L Marine Biology and Lab 4
BSC 4930 Honors History of Life 3
EVS 4414 Honors Conservation Biology 3
PCB 3411 Honors Animal Behavior  3
PCB 4673 Honors Evolution 3
PCB 4723/L Comparative Animal Physiology and Lab 4

ZOO 2303/L or

ZOO 3205/L

Honors Vertebrate Zoology with Lab or

Invertebrate Zoology and Lab 

4 or


ZOO 4556 Honors Coral Reef Ecology 3
BSC 4930 Honors Topics in Environ Microbio 3
BSC 4930 Honors Molecular Ecology 3