Oceans are an important facet of our global environment...

They cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, they provide us with food, transport and resources, and they play a significant role in controlling climate. However, the world’s oceans remain largely unexplored below the surface, making them one of the last great frontiers for scientific discovery. Marine environments are inherently dynamic and governed by a broad suite of interactive biological, chemical and physical processes.

Students at the University of Florida can now focus their studies in one of two tracks to earn the interdisciplinary major in Marine Sciences. Choose your track to explore the possibilities!

  • Biology and Ecology

    BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, CONSERVATION, MANAGEMENT

    College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

    Students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) complete an upper-division core that concentrates on biological and ecological marine science essentials while also giving students a critical understanding of how statistics and economics are integrated into marine science and resource management.

    Students work closely with a faculty adviser to create an individualized curriculum plan of at least 18 approved electives. These can include courses on resource management, human dimensions, conservation, quantitative population assessment and others. Students must complete a curriculum plan and have it approved by the program undergraduate coordinator before they reach 70 credits.

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  • Physical Sciences

    BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, GEOLOGY, OCEANOGRAPHY

    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) complete an upper-division core that integrates the physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering.

    They work closely with a faculty adviser to create an individualized curriculum of at least 12 credits of approved electives; this plan must be approved by the program's undergraduate coordinator before the student has earned 70 credits.




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