Concentration in Marine Biology

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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 General Physics I with Lab 5
PCB 3063 Honors Genetics 4
OCB 3012, 3012L Honors Marine Biology and Oceanography with Lab 4
OCE 4006 Marine Science (HBOI) 4
OCB 4032, 4032L Marine Biodiversity and Lab (HBOI) 4
OCB 4633, 4633L Marine Ecology and Lab (HBOI) 4
  Elective Credits (See list below) 15
BSC 4915 Honors Research in Biology 3
BSC 4970 Honors Thesis in Biology 3
  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, 3033L Honors Biochemistry with Lab 4
OCE 2001 Honors Oceanography 3
BSC 4930 Aquaculture and Environment (HBOI) 3
OCB 4525/L Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology and Lab (HBOI) 4
BSC 4930 Marine Invertebrate Biology and Lab (HBOI) 4
BSC 4930 Exploring the Ocean (HBOI) 3
BSC 4930 Honors Biogeography 3
BSC 4930 Honors Biology of Fishes 3
BSC 4930 Honors Experimental Design and Data Analysis 3
EVR 4420 Honors Marine Conservation 3
BSC 6936 Natural History Indian River Lagoon (HBOI) 3
BSC 4930 Honors History of Life 3
EVS 4414 Honors Conservation Biology 3
PCB 4673 Honors Evolution 3
ZOO 2303, 2303L Honors Vertebrate Zoology with Lab 4
ZOO 4556 Honors Coral Reef Ecology 3
BSC 4930 Honors Topics in Environ Microbio 3
BSC 4930 Honors Molecular Ecology 3