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 (1) 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 simultaneously major or minor in marine biology and biology. Students MAY simultaneously major or minor in marine biology and biochemistry/molecular biology.
CORE BIOLOGY COURSES (eight courses)
FIELD STUDY REQUIREMENT
An approved field experience in marine biology is required and may be satisfied by one of the following.
CORE PHYSICAL SCIENCE COURSES
Six (6) semester hours.
Any biology course above BIO 210. Courses from the core groupings, other than those used to fulfill the core requirements, may be used to satisfy the requirement. One (1) Biology internship (BIO 296, BIO 396, or BIO 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 Marine Biology, Biology, or Professional schools in health-related areas such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy require a thorough introduction to physics and calculus. Therefore, they are advised to take CHM 221, PHY 120/130 and PHY 121/131, a calculus course and a statistics course.