The marine biology curriculum fulfills basic requirements for admission into graduate and professional schools. It also may serve as a terminal degree, with which to enter the job market. The program includes a laboratory field experience, currently available at FDU’s field station in Samana, Dominican Republic. At this station, students have a full semester of warm-water Caribbean field experience. The School of Natural Sciences’ semester at Samana contains 15 credits of Marine Biology courses with a research project and an option of taking one online course (e.g., University Core) for a total of 18 credits. Each of the marine biology courses consists of a lecture and a field-based component, the field component is supported by laboratory studies. Fieldwork study sites will include reefs, mangroves, sea grass beds and salt marshes. To participate in any field experience, a student must have earned a 2.25 in biology course work and be in good academic standing. Further information can be obtained form the school’s director.
For matriculation in the marine biology curriculum, successful completion of secondary school courses in elementary algebra and plane geometry and a year of sciences are required. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in marine biology must complete the courses outlined below.