Feb 24, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Marine Biology, BS

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To declare a Marine Biology Major:

  • Complete the Major Declaration Form (link)
  • Interview with the Marine Biology and Biology Department faculty.

Major credit requirements:

  • At least 45 total credits in the major.
  • At least 15 credits in residence of 300 level or above courses.
  • An approved field experience in marine biology is required and may be satisfied by one of the following: One semester in residence at a marine field station or internship.
  • Exit cumulative GPA of 2.50 in major.

Marine Biology Sample Program  


A student majoring in Marine Biology may not also major or minor in Biology.

A major in Marine Biology consists of a minimum of 45 credits comprised of 30 core credits and 15 elective credits.

An approved field experience in marine biology is required and may be satisfied by one semester in residence at an approved marine field station or one approved internship.

Currently approved field stations are the Discovery Bay, Jamaica; Motte Marine Laboratory, Florida, Orpheus Island Research Station, James Cook University, Australia and St. George’s University, Grenada.

Collateral Requirements

General Education Core Curriculum

Professional Development

Approaches to Individual and Social Questions

BS/BSN Foreign Language

Degree Credit Requirements

  • At least 120 degree credits are required for a bachelor’s degree. There is no limit to the number of credits which may be earned in one department.
  • A minimum of 30 of the final 36 credits must be earned in residence to receive a bachelor’s degree from WLC.
  • Students must also earn at least 15 credits in residence in upper division courses (300 and 400 level) in the major to receive a bachelor’s degree from WLC.
  • If a major requires a capstone course, it is required to be taken at WLC.
  • At least 9 credits in the minor must be taken at WLC.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be achieved to satisfy the degree requirements. Individual programs may require grade point averages higher than a 2.0 for courses used to satisfy the major.

Suggested General Education Sequencing

  • Freshman : COL 101 (Fall), LAS 101  (Spring), Foreign Language/Foreign Language Diversity, Quantitative Reasoning, ENG 101COM 101THE 105/THE 110, ~9 cr. in the major
  • Sophomore: Biblical Theology, PED 100, 1-2 Approaches, declare major

  • Junior: Applied Theology, 1-2 Approaches

  • Senior: Systematic Theology,  1-2 Approaches, LAS 401/LAS 402 


(Full general education information may be found here.)


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