The Aquatic Biology major is designed for students preparing for careers with local, state and federal agencies involved with water quality and natural resource management.

With the appropriate selection of elective course work, it can also provide an ideal foundation for students intending to pursue graduate studies in limnology, aquatic ecology, fisheries biology, and wetland studies. Students should consult with their academic advisor in Aquatic Biology prior to developing their program.

Aquatic Biology majors must complete the Biology core, the Aquatic Biology core, and the capstone experience, as well as core and elective requirements for their chosen emphasis.

Required Biology Core Courses (16 credits)

Required Aquatic Biology Core Courses (17 credits)

Capstone Experience (4 credits)

All students must choose one of the following three options for their capstone requirement:

A. BIOL 4894 Advanced Laboratory Projects in Biology I
and BIOL 4895 Advanced Laboratory Projects in Biology II

B. BIOL 4896 Advanced Field Projects in Biology I
and BIOL 4897 Advanced Field Projects in Biology II

C. BIOL 4970 Internship: Aquatic Biology
and any one of the above Advanced Projects courses (BIOL 4894, BIOL 4895, BIOL 4896, or BIOL 4897)

Students selecting Option C should complete their Advanced Projects course during the semester immediately following their Aquatic Biology Internship.

Emphasis & Additional Course Requirements

Visit the catalog to learn requirements for each emphasis, as well as details about the writing and related course requirements:

Aquatic Systems Emphasis
Fisheries Biology Emphasis
Wetlands Ecology Emphasis

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