Requirements for the Major in Marine Vertebrate Biology (MVB)

The major in Marine Vertebrate Biology leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Completion of the major requires between 69 and 74 credits. Of these no more than one course (4 credits) with a grade lower than C can be credited to the major.

1. Foundation Courses (43-46 credits)
BIO 201 Organisms to Ecosystems
BIO 202 Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIO 203 Cellular and Organ Physiology
BIO 204 Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in the Biological Sciences I
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in the Biological Sciences IIA (see Note 4) 
CHE 131/CHE 133, CHE 132/CHE 134 General Chemistry and Lab (see Note 1)
CHE 321 Organic Chemistry
MAT 125, MAT 126 Calculus (See Note 2)
ENS 119/PHY 119 Physics for Environ­mental Studies and MAR 352 Intro­duction to Physical Oceanography and MAR 353 Physical Oceanography Laboratory, or PHY 121/PHY 123, PHY 122/PHY 124 Physics for Life Sciences and labs (see Note 3)
AMS 102 or AMS 110 Statistics

2. Zoology and Marine Vertebrate Core (13 credits)
BIO 344 Chordate Zoology
BIO 354 Evolution or BIO 320 Genetics
Two of the following:
MAR 370 Marine Mammals
MAR 371 The Biology and Conservation of Marine Birds and Sea Turtles
MAR 380 Ichthyology

3. Marine Biology (12-14 credits)
MAR 349 Biological Oceanography or BIO 353 Marine Ecology
Three electives from below:
BIO 328 Mammalian Physiology
BIO 343 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 351 Ecology
BIO 359 Behavioral Ecology
MAR 301 Environmental Microbiology or MAR 302 Marine Microbial Ecology
MAR 303 Long Island Marine Habitats
MAR 305 Experimental Marine Biology
MAR 315 Conservation Biology
MAR 366 Plankton Ecology
MAR 385 Fisheries Biology
MAR 487 Research or MAR 488 Internship (maximum of three credits can be used for required elective)
Other classes may be substituted with permission of undergraduate director

4. Upper-Division Writing Requirement
All students in the major must submit two papers from any upper division course in the major to the director of undergraduate programs for evaluation by the end of the junior year.

1. CHE 141/CHE 143, CHE 142/CHE 144 Honors Chemistry and Lab may be substituted for CHE 131/CHE 133, CHE 132/CHE 134
2. MAT 131, MAT 132 or MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171 may be substituted for MAT 125, MAT 126
3. PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127 or PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 or PHY 141, PHY 142 may be substituted for the two-semester physics sequences listed above
4. BIO 207 may be substituted for BIO 205

Honors Program in Marine Vertebrate Biology

Graduation with departmental honors in Marine Vertebrate Biology requires the following:
1. Students are eligible to participate in the Honors Program if they have a 3.50 GPA in all courses for the major by the end of the junior year. Students should apply to the SoMAS undergraduate director for permission to participate.
2. Students must prepare an honors thesis based on a research project written in the form of a paper for a scientific journal. A student interested in becoming a candidate for honors should submit an outline of the proposed thesis research project to the SoMAS undergraduate director as early as possible, but no later than the second week of classes in the last semester. The student will be given an oral examination in May on his or her research by his or her research supervisor and the undergraduate research committee. The awarding of honors requires the recommendation of this committee and recognizes superior performance in research and scholarly endeavors. The written thesis must be submitted before the end of the semester in which the student is graduating.
3. If the student maintains a GPA of 3.5 in all courses in their major through senior year and receives a recommendation by the undergraduate research committee, he or she will receive departmental honors.