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)
- BIOL 1211 Introductory Biology I
- BIOL 1212 Introductory Biology II
- BIOL 2360 Genetics
- BIOL 2610 General Ecology
- BIOL 2620 Field and Laboratory Methods in General Ecology
Required Aquatic Biology Core Courses (17 credits)
- BIOL 3200 Freshwater Invertebrates
- BIOL 3361 Limnology I
- BIOL 3362 Limnology II
- BIOL 3554 Readings in Aquatic Biology
- BIOL 3830 Aquatic Plants
Capstone Experience (4 credits)
All students must choose one of the following three options for their capstone requirement:
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: