Marine Biology BS:  Major Requirements 2017-18

View the printable major checklist (PDF) for the current academic year. 

Letter Grade Policy: All courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade.  Only courses with grades of C (2.0) or better can be used to fulfill major requirements.  Courses in which you receive a grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F cannot be used to satisfy a major requirement or satisfy a prerequisite for another course.

Qualification Policy:  You must meet qualification policy criteria to be eligible to declare this major.


Calculus:  MATH 11A + 11B OR MATH 19A + 19B OR AMS 15A + 15B

Chemistry:  CHEM 1A + 1B + 1C/N

Biology:  BIOL 20A + BIOE 20B + BIOE 20C

Physics:  PHYS 7A/6L + 7B OR PHYS 6A/L + 6B OR Phys 6A/L + 6C

Biostatistics:  AMS 7/L

ADVANCED REQUIREMENTS:  11 total, 2 MUST include laboratory or fieldwork

Genetics:  BIOL 105

Evolution:  BIOE 109

Ecology:  ONE from the following...
BIOE 107 Ecology
BIOE 108 Marine Ecology

Marine: ONE from the following...
BIOE 120/L Marine Botany & Lab
BIOE 122/L Invertebrates & Lab
BIOE 127/L Ichthyology & Lab
BIOE 129/L Marine Mammals & Lab (lab optional)

Marine Environment:  ONE from the following
OCEA 101 Marine Environment
OCEA 130 Biological Oceanography

Topical Electives:  THREE topical electives from the following...
BIOE 108 Marine Ecology
BIOE 120/L Marine Botany/Laboratory
BIOE 122/L Invertebrates Zoology/Laboratory
BIOE 127/L Ichthyology/Laboratory
BIOE 128L Large Marine Vertebrates Field Course
BIOE 129/L Biology of Marine Mammals/Laboratory (lab optional)
BIOE 155 Freshwater Ecology
BIOE 155L Freshwater Ecology Laboratory
BIOE 158L Marine Ecology Laboratory
BIOE 161 Kelp Forest Ecology
BIOE 161L Kelp Forest Ecology Laboratory
BIOE 163/L Ecology of Reefs, Mangroves, & Seagrasses/Laboratory
BIOE 165 Marine Conservation Biology
BIOE 188 Science Writting
EART 102 Marine Geology
EART 105 Coastal Geology
EART 133 Paleoceanography
OCEA 118 Marine Microbial Ecology
OCEA 130 Biological Oceanography
Field Quarter:
BIOE 159ABCD Marine Ecology Field Quarter 

General Electives:  THREE general electives from the following...

• ANY 5 or 7 unit upper division BIOE course (See PDF checklist for full list of courses)

BIOL 100 Biochemistry
BIOL 101 & 101L Molecular Biology & Molecular Biology Laboratory

BIOL 110 Cell Biology

BIOL 115 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology

BIOL 120 Development

EART 100/L Vertebrate Paleontology/Laboratory
EART 101/L Invertebrate Paleobiology/Laboratory
EART 102 Marine Geology

EART 105 Coastal Geology

ECON 166A Game Theory & Applications I

ECON 166B Game Theory & Applications II 

ENVS 104A/L Intro to Environmental Field Methods/Laboratory*

ENVS 108 General Entomology*

ENVS 115A/L GIS & Environ Applications/Laboratory*

ENVS 120 Conservation Biology*

ENVS 122 Tropical Ecology & Conservation*
ENVS 123 Animal Ecology & Conservation*

ENVS 125 Ecosystems of California*

ENVS 129 Integrated Pest Management*

ENVS 130A/L Agroecology andSustainable Agriculture/Laboratory*

ENVS 130B Principles of Sustainable Agriculture*

ENVS 131 Insect Ecology*

ENVS 160 Restoration Ecology*

ENVS 161A Soils and Plant Nutrition*

ENVS 162 Plant Physiological Ecology*

ENVS 163/L Plant Disease Ecology/Laboratory*

ENVS 167 Freshwater and Wetland Ecology*

ENVS 168 Biochemistry and Global Environment

METX 119 Microbiology 

METX 119L Microbiology Laboratory

OCEA 118 Marine Microbial Ecology

OCEA 130 Biological Oceanography
PSYC 123 Behavioral Neuroscience

*Permission of instructor required to enroll in any ENVS courses.

Field Quarters:
BIOE 151ABCD Ecology & Conservation in Practice Supercourse (BIOE 150 + BIOE 150L + 1 EEB General Elective)
BIOE 153ABC Arctic Ecology (1 Topical + 2 EEB General Electives)
BIOE 159ABCD Marine Ecology Field Quarter (BIOE 127/L + BIOE 108 + BIOE 158L-can vary dependent of field location)
ENVS 107ABC Natural History Field Quarter (1 Topical Elective; 1 EEB General Elective)

One of the following may be used as an upper-division general elective:
BIOE 183W Undergraduate Research in EEB (2 units) + BIOE 183L, 193, or 195 (3 units minimum)
ENVS 183 Environmental Studies Internship (5 units)

**NOTE:  Courses appearing in more than one category may be used to satisfy one requirement but not both.

Satisfy this requirement by successfully completing TWO of the approved BIOE lab/field courses.
Note: DC courses must be taken at UCSC.

Satisfy this requirement with an approved senior exit option.