Marine Biology, BS

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Breadth Courses For Marine Biology

Mathematics
MATH 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14
or MATH 1241 Calculus 1
Biostatistics
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
5
General Chemistry 1
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
5
General Chemistry 2
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and Recitation for CHEM 1214
5
Organic Chemistry 1
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
5
Physics
Complete a lecture/lab set for Physics 1 and for Physics 2:10
Physics 1
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145 (recommended)
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
and Recitation for PHYS 1161
Physics 2
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147 (recommended)
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
and Recitation for PHYS 1165

Marine Biology Major Requirements

Introduction to College
BIOL 1000Biology at Northeastern1
Required Biology
Complete one of the following:5
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
Genetics
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
5
Organismal and Population Biology
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 2302
5
Introduction to Evolution
EEMB 2400Introduction to Evolution4
Marine Biology
EEMB 2700
and EEMB 2701
Marine Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2700
5
Marine Biology Electives
Complete four of the following:16-20
Ecology and Evolution of Behavior
Fish Biology and Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 2410
Fisheries Biology, Policy, and Conservation
Invertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2616
Physical Biology of Marine Organisms
Physiological Adaptations to the Environment
Conservation Biology
Ecological Dynamics
and Lab for EEMB 5130
Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Marine Birds and Mammals
and Lab for EEMB 5508
Oceanography
and Lab for EEMB 5516
Ocean and Coastal Processes
Coral Reef Ecology
Experimental Design Marine Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 5522
Marine Conservation Biology
Physiological and Molecular Marine Ecology
Marine Invertebrate Zoology and Botany
and Lab for EEMB 5534
Environmental Science
Special Topics in Environmental Studies
Global Oceanic Change
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
Coastal Processes
Ancient Marine Life
and Lab for ENVR 5242
Marine Mammals
Biology of Whales
Experiential Learning
An activity related to marine biology and approved by the experiential learning advisor must be completed before the capstone. Among the possibilities are co-op experience, junior/senior honors thesis, research project in a faculty lab, volunteer work in a biology-related area, participation in the Three Seas Program with submission of a project paper, or other approved experiences.
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3307Advanced Writing in the Sciences4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Biology Capstone
Complete one of the following:1-4
Biology Capstone
Earth and Environmental Science Capstone
Senior Thesis

Marine Biology Major Credit/GPA Requirements

Complete 74 semester hours in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.000.

Due to overlap in course content, double majoring in biology and biochemistry or biology and behavioral neuroscience is not permitted.

Program Requirement

136 total semester hours required

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5Elective4Elective4
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5EEMB 24004Elective4Elective4
ENVR 10001ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514Elective4  
 15 17 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5  Elective4
EEMB 2700
and EEMB 2701
5   
EESC 20001   
 16 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5Co-op0Co-op0PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
5
PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5  Elective4
Elective4   
Marine biology elective5   
 19 0 0 9
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5BIOL 4701, ENVR 4900, or ENVR 49971-4  
ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154Elective4  
Marine biology elective5Elective4  
Marine biology elective5Marine biology elective5  
 19 14-17  
Total Hours: 133-136

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5Elective4PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
5
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5EEMB 24004Elective4Elective4
ENVR 10001ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5  
 15 18 8 9
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5Elective4Co-op0
EEMB 2700
and EEMB 2701
5EESC 20001Elective4 
Elective4ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5  
Marine biology elective5Elective4  
 19 15 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5Elective4Co-op0
 ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154Elective4 
 Marine biology elective5  
 Marine biology elective5  
 0 19 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0BIOL 4701, ENVR 4900, or ENVR 49971-4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Marine biology elective5  
 0 14-17  
Total Hours: 133-136

Marine Biology—Three Seas Program, 

Four Years, One Co-op in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5Vacation0PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
5
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5EEMB 24004 Elective4
ENVR 10001ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5  
Elective4   
 19 18 0 9
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5   
EEMB 2700
and EEMB 2701
5   
EESC 20001   
 16 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5EEMB 5516
and EEMB 5517
5Vacation0Vacation0
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5EEMB 5522
and EEMB 5523
5  
Elective4EEMB 5534
and EEMB 5535
5  
Elective4EEMB 55363  
 EEMB 55892  
 18 20 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
EEMB 55043BIOL 4701, ENVR 4900, or ENVR 49971-4  
EEMB 55063ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154  
EEMB 5508
and EEMB 5509
3Elective4  
EEMB 55121Elective4  
EEMB 55182   
EEMB 55202   
EEMB 55283   
EEMB 55323   
 20 13-16  
Total Hours: 133-136

Marine Biology—Three Seas Program, 

Four Years, One Co-op in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5Vacation0PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
5
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5EEMB 24004 Elective4
ENVR 10001ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5  
 15 18 0 9
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5Vacation0Co-op0
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5EESC 20001  
EEMB 2700
and EEMB 2701
5ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5  
Elective4Elective4  
 Elective4  
 19 19 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0EEMB 5516
and EEMB 5517
5Vacation0Vacation0
 EEMB 5522
and EEMB 5523
5  
 EEMB 5534
and EEMB 5535
5  
 EEMB 55363  
 EEMB 55892  
 0 20 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
EEMB 55043BIOL 4701, ENVR 4900, or ENVR 49971-4  
EEMB 55063ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154  
EEMB 5508
and EEMB 5509
3Elective4  
EEMB 55121Elective4  
EEMB 55182   
EEMB 55202   
EEMB 55283   
EEMB 55323   
 20 13-16  
Total Hours: 133-136

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5Vacation0Vacation0
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5EEMB 24004  
ENVR 10001ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514Elective4  
 15 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
EEMB 2700
and EEMB 2701
5  Elective4
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5   
EESC 20001   
 16 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5Co-op0Co-op0PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
5
PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5  Elective4
Elective4   
Elective4   
 18 0 0 9
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Elective4   
Elective4   
Marine biology elective5   
 18 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154BIOL 4701, ENVR 4900, or ENVR 49971-4  
Elective4Elective4  
Marine biology elective5Elective4  
Marine biology elective5Marine biology elective5  
 18 14-17  
Total Hours: 133-136

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5Vacation0PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
5
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5EEMB 24004 Elective4
ENVR 10001ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5  
 15 18 0 9
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5Vacation0Co-op0
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5EEMB 2700
and EEMB 2701
5  
EESC 20001Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 15 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5Elective4Co-op0
 Elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Marine biology elective5  
 0 18 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154Vacation0Co-op0
 Elective4  
 Marine biology elective5  
 Marine biology elective5  
 0 18 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0BIOL 4701, ENVR 4900, or ENVR 49971-4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Marine biology elective5  
 0 14-17  
Total Hours: 133-136

Marine Biology—Three Seas Program, 

Five Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5Vacation0Vacation0
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5EEMB 24004  
ENVR 10001ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5  
 15 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5   
EEMB 2700
and EEMB 2701
5   
EESC 20001   
 16 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5EEMB 5516
and EEMB 5517
5Vacation0Vacation0
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5EEMB 5522
and EEMB 5523
5  
PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
5EEMB 5534
and EEMB 5535
5  
 EEMB 55363  
 EEMB 55892  
 15 20 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
EEMB 55043Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
EEMB 55063   
EEMB 5508
and EEMB 5509
3   
EEMB 55121   
EEMB 55182   
EEMB 55202   
EEMB 55283   
EEMB 55323   
 20 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154BIOL 4701, ENVR 4900, or ENVR 49971-4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 13-16  
Total Hours: 133-136

Marine Biology—Three Seas Program, 

Five Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5Vacation0Vacation0
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5EEMB 24004  
ENVR 10001ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514Elective4  
 15 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5EEMB 2700
and EEMB 2701
5Vacation0Co-op0
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5  
PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5EESC 20001  
 PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
5  
 15 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0EEMB 5516
and EEMB 5517
5Vacation0Vacation0
 EEMB 5522
and EEMB 5523
5  
 EEMB 5534
and EEMB 5535
5  
 EEMB 55363  
 EEMB 55892  
 0 20 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
EEMB 55043CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5Vacation0Co-op0
EEMB 55063ENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154  
EEMB 5508
and EEMB 5509
3Elective4  
EEMB 55121Elective4  
EEMB 55182   
EEMB 55202   
EEMB 55283   
EEMB 55323   
 20 17 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0BIOL 4701, ENVR 4900, or ENVR 49971-4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 13-16  
Total Hours: 133-136