Our Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and interdisciplinary Marine Sciences programs provide hands-on learning in conservation and management of aquatic environments (ecology), aquatic animal health, sustainable fisheries, and aquaculture.
Marine Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies Major
This interdisciplinary degree program focuses on a truly holistic discipline, requiring the integration of marine biology, ecology, conservation, and sustainable resource management. Students are prepared for graduate study and careers related to marine ecology and resources management. An interdisciplinary approach to marine science education and research is promoted to prepare students for a variety of rewarding academic and professional careers.
•STA2023 Introduction to Statistics
•GLY3083C Fundamentals of Marine Sciences
•FAS4932 Biology and Ecology of Algae
•FAS4202C Biology of Fishes
•FNR3410C Natural Resource Sampling (or other approved statistics course)
•FAS4270 Marine Ecological Processes or ZOO4926 Marine Ecology
•FNR4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics
These courses are designed to give students a broad understanding of marine ecosystems, quantitative research methods, and the policies that influence marine 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 other areas. Students must complete a curriculum plan and have it approved by the program undergraduate coordinator before they reach 70 credits.
Information on joining the Marine Sciences major.
Organizations of students like you!
Future prospects for Marine Sciences majors.
Dr. Shirley Baker, Undergraduate Coordinator, Marine Sciences Major
Check the UF Schedule of Courses for current and future availability. Archived schedules also available.
Ecology and Organismal Biology
FAS 2024 Global and Regional Perspectives in Fisheries (3)
FAS 4305C Introduction to Fishery Science (3)
FAS 4405 Aquariums, Water and Aquaculture (3)
FAS 4932 Marine Adaptations (3)
FAS 4932 Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms (4)
FAS 4932 Invasion Ecology of Aquatic Animals (3)
PCB 4043C General Ecology (4)
PCB 4674 Evolution (4)
WIS 3553C Introduction to Conservation Genetics (4)
WIS 4203C Landscape Ecology and Conservation (3)
VME 4012 Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues (3)
VME 4906 Introduction to Marine Wildlife (3)
ZOO 4403C Marine Biology (4)
EGN 4932 Physical Oceanography (3)
GLY 3074 Oceans and Global Climate Change (3) (GE-P)
GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes (3)
GLY 4930 Geochemical Oceanography (3)
OCE 3016 Introduction to Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering (3)
Economics and Human Dimensions
AEB 3450 Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (3)
FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources (3) (GE-S)
GEO 4300 Environmental Biogeography (3)
SYD 4510 Environment and Society (3)
WIS 4523 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation (3)
Quantitative Ecological Skills
FAS 4932 Applied Fisheries Statistics (4)
FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling (3)
STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 (3)
STA 4210 Regression Analysis (3)
STA 4211 Design of Experiments (3)
STA 4222 Sample Survey Design (3)
WIS 4501 Introduction to Wildlife Population Ecology (3)
WIS 4601C Quantitative Wildlife Ecology (3)
Other Professional Skills
GIS 3072C Geographic Information Systems (3) (formerly SUR 3393/Lab)
Advanced Open Water and Science Diving
Practicum or Internship
Additional Electives – with instructor permission
FAS 6337C Fish Population Dynamics (4)
FAS 6171 Applied Phycology (3)
GLY 6075 Global Climate Change (3)
OCP 6295 Estuarine and Shelf Hydrodynamics 1 (3)
ZOO 6406 Biology of Sea Turtles (3)
ZOO 6456C Ichthyology (4)
Students interested in the biology/geology/oceanography track can find more information through CLAS.