Illustration of a leaf. Love the ocean and the ocean’s creatures? Want to understand what’s happening in the ecosystem that covers 70% of our planet? Want to discover new species and learn how new drugs are developed from natural products found in the ocean? Want to understand how climate change may affect extinction rates? Then our Marine Science Concentration may be for you.

Please note: You should consult with an advisor to determine which marine science courses will be most applicable to your interests and career goals.

Download the Marine Science Concentration checklist.

Course Catalog

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for Biology majors are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. The major requirements consist of courses in biology, mathematics, physics, and genetics, along with electives and a capstone project.

All students following the Marine Science Concentration must take:

Basic chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, evolution, bacteria, and protists. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: check course catalog.
The course emphasizes the transition from cell, to tissue, to organs in multicellular systems. Specific attention in the course will be paid to a survey of the various groups of plants, fungi, invertebrates and vertebrates. Strong emphasis will be placed on comparing the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems in humans with those of other organisms. The course is designed to expand the students understanding of the process of scientific writing. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BY 123 (minimum grade: C).
Principles and mechanisms of inheritance; structure, action, and regulation of genes; molecular genetic technology and application to human health and agriculture. Preparation for advanced courses in biology. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BY 123 and BY 124 (minimum grade: C).
Limit of a function; continuity, derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric exponential, and logarithmic functions, application of derivative to extremal problems, related rates problems, and graphing; Newton's method; the definite integral and its application to area problems. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: check course catalog.
Stoichiometry, quantum theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, acids-bases, colligative properties and periodicity. Laboratory emphasizes quantitative analysis. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: check course catalog.
Emphasizes development of laboratory skills and quantitative analyses related to CH 115. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. 1 hour.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in CH 114 requires the permission of the instructor or enrollment in Honors College or Chemistry Scholars program.
Solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium and special topics (organic, biochemistry, descriptive chemistry). Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CH 115 (minimum grade: C).
Emphasizes development of laboratory skills and quantitative analyses related to CH 117. Writing assignments structured to build on scientific reasoning. 1 hour.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in CH 119 requires the permission of the instructor.
Structure, nomenclature, properties, and reactivity of compounds with various organic functional groups: alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides and alcohols. Emphasis on the mechanisms of organic reactions and problem solving. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CH 117 (minimum grade: C).
CH 236: Techniques of organic chemistry. Synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. 1 hour.
Prerequisites: CH 117 and CH 118 or CH 119 (minimum grade: C).
CH 234: Emphasis placed on development of techniques used in organic research laboratories and scientific writing.
Prerequisites: CH 235 (minimum grade: C). Permission of instructor or enrollment in Honors College or Chemistry Scholars program required.
Reactions of aromatic compounds and carbonyl containing functional groups: aldehydes, ketones, acids, esters and amides. Molecules of biological interest, such as proteins and carbohydrates. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CH 235 (miniumum grade: C).
Synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds using instrumental analysis and identification of unknowns. Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of CH 237 strongly recommended. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CH 235 and CH 234/CH 236 (miniumum grade: C). Enrollment in CH 119 requires the permission of the instructor.

In addition, students will need to take either Fundamentals of Biochemistry or Advanced Biochemistry; College Physics I and II or General Physics I and II, and 15 hours of Marine Science electives. Students must chose one course in each of the following topic areas:
  • Ecology & Evolution
  • Organismal
  • Physiology and Development
  • Cellular/Molecular
  • Capstone Experience

Ready to Apply?

All the information you need to apply can be found on UAB's Undergraduate Admissions Hub.