Mar 18, 2018  
2017-2018 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog

Biology Major

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BS degree  

Students may prepare for admission to medical, dental and veterinary colleges and for admission to graduate work in the life sciences. An increasing number of students elect to major in biology as a means of providing themselves with a general framework of ideas concerning the interactions of living things. A substantial number of these students proceed toward vocational objectives that do not require a specialist’s knowledge of biology.

Marine Biology Option

The marine biology option is designed to meet the needs of students who aspire to careers in ecology, marine biology, fisheries biology and biological oceanography. Students who elect the Marine Biology Option are urged to plan their program in close cooperation with their advisors.

Required Courses

(common to both options)

First Year

Second Year

Fourth Year


* Math course to be selected in consultation with the advisor. MTH 151, 152 (Calculus) is recommended for students whose math background is good, and required for later entrance to graduate programs with a molecular or ecological orientation. It is also a prerequisite for Physical Chemistry. MTH 151, 152 is required for PHY 113, 114 but can be taken concurrently with it.

** PHY 113, 114 may be substituted for PHY 101, 102.

Third and Fourth Year Requirements

(common to both options)

During the third and fourth year all majors are required to elect at least 21 credits in upper-division biology courses (courses numbered 300 or higher), including BIO 499 - Capstone Research. Course selection should be determined in consultation with the advisor. A minimum of 2 courses must include a laboratory component. Credits earned for BIO 440, 441, and 495 may not be applied to these totals. The requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences must also be met prior to graduation.

Students electing the Marine Biology Option must complete 12 credits of the 21 credits of upper-level electives from the following list of courses. Sections of BIO 499 with a marine topic may also be applied.

Junior/Senior Electives for Marine Biology Option

Twenty-one credits should be elected from upper-division biology courses. At least 12 of these credits must come from the following list of courses:

University Studies Requirement

In addition to the requirements in the major, students will be required to complete the University Studies requirements. For more information:


Some undergraduate senior-level courses are offered to graduate students under a corresponding 5xx number with concurrent enrollment but additional work expectations.

Some graduate courses may be open to undergraduates. Please consult your department chairperson. See the Graduate Catalog for graduate general and program requirements.

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