Minor in Marine Science

UAF offers a minor in Marine Science to undergraduate students in all degree programs. The minor curriculum is designed to provide ocean literacy with a broad marine science perspective for students with diverse interests.

Ocean literacy is essential for understanding the earth-system and its connection to many current environmental issues, such as sustainability and climate variability. The State of Alaska is rich in marine resources, and waters surrounding Alaska are linked to the climate system and support diverse marine ecosystems. The minor provides students with an ocean-related foundation that will be an asset for a wide range of careers, such as environmental regulation and policy, fisheries, education, and maritime technology.  The minor also serves as preparation for graduate studies with a marine science focus.

The minor includes coursework and hands on experience offered primarily by CFOS faculty. A broad selection of electives is offered to allow students to create a program that reflects their career interests.

The minor is comprised of 15 credit units, 7 credits from core courses and 8 credits from electives. Students must earn a letter grade of at least C- for their core courses. Letter grades must be obtained in all elective courses.

Students planning the minor should become familiar with the requirements, and should check the course catalog for course description. For advising, contact the Marine Science Minor coordinator at uaf-cfos-ms-minor@alaska.edu

Minor in Marine Science (15 credits)
1. Students must complete the following core courses (7 credits):

MSL 211 – Introduction to Marine Science I (3 credits)
MSL 212 – Introduction to Marine Science II (3 credits)
MSL 213L – Marine Science Laboratory (1 credit)

2. Students must complete 3 credits from the following:

MSL 294 – The Ocean and Global Change (3 credits)
MSL 317 – Introduction to Marine Mammal Biology (3 credits)
MSL 394 – Marine Geological Drama and Undersea Catastrophes (3 credits)
MSL 403 – Estuaries Oceanography (2 credits)
MSL 412 – Early Life Histories of Marine Invertebrates (3 credits)
MSL 419 – Physical Oceanography Concepts (3 credits)
MSL 431 – Polar Marine Science (3 credits)
MSL 449 – Biological Oceanography (3 credits)
MSL 461 – Chemical Oceanography (3 credits)
MSL 463 – Chemical Coastal Processes (3 credits)

3. Students must complete 5 additional credits from the following:

Marine Science and Limnology
MSL 220 – Scientific Diving (2 credits)
MSL 294 – The Ocean and Global Change (3 credits)
MSL 294 – Astrobiology: Planets, Oceans and Life (3 credits)
MSL 317 – Introduction to Marine Mammal Biology (3 credits)
MSL 394 – Marine Geological Drama and Undersea Catastrophes (3 credits)
MSL 403 – Estuaries Oceanography (2 credits)
MSL 412 – Early Life Histories of Marine Invertebrates (3 credits)
MSL 419 – Physical Oceanography Concepts (3 credits)
MSL 421 – Field Course in Subtidal Studies (2 credits)
MSL 431 – Polar Marine Science (3 credits)
MSL/FISH 440 – Oceanography for Fisheries (3 credits)
MSL 449 – Biological Oceanography (3 credits)
MSL 450 – Marine Biology and Ecology Field Course (4 credits)
MSL 456 – Kelp Forest Ecology (4 credits)
MSL 461 – Chemical Oceanography (3 credits)
MSL 463 – Chemical Coastal Processes (3 credits)
MSL 492 – IMS Seminar (1 credits)
MSL 497 – Marine Field Experience (Independent Study) (1-2 credits)
Fisheries
FISH 288/BIOL 288 – Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Alaska (3 credits)
FISH 425 – Fish Ecology (3 credits)
FISH/BIOL  427 – Ichthyology (3 credits)
Biology and Wildlife
BIOL 473 – Limnology (4 credits)
Chemistry
CHEM 202 – Basic Inorganic Chemistry (3)
CHEM 212 – Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis (4 credits)
Economics
ECON 235 – Introduction to Natural Resource Economics (3 credits)
Geology and Geophysics
GEOS/GEOG 222 – Fundamentals of Geospatial Sciences (3 credits)
Statistics
STAT 200X – Elementary Probability and Statistics (3 credits)

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