Marine Biology

Note: This concentration program is being phased out for Class of 2017 students and greater in favor of a track program within the Sc.B. in Biology.

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree

CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure (or equivalent)1
PHYS 0030Basic Physics (or equivalent)1
PHYS 0040Basic Physics (or equivalent)1
MATH 0090Introductory Calculus, Part I (or equivalent)1
MATH 0100Introductory Calculus, Part II (or equivalent)1
Two additional courses in physics, chemistry, mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, or geological sciences, as approved by advisor.2
Select four of the following biology courses:4
Invertebrate Zoology
Principles of Ecology
Introductory Microbiology
Principles of Physiology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Marine Biology
Comparative Biology of the Vertebrates
Select three additional biology courses, highly recommended are:3
The Foundation of Living Systems
Evolutionary Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Developmental Biology
Evolutionary Genetics
Experimental Design in Ecology
Conservation Biology
Environmental Science in a Changing World
Select two of the following group of related science courses: 12
Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving
Introduction to Oceanography
Fossil Record
Estuarine Oceanography
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Global Environmental Remote Sensing
Quantitative Elements of Physical Hydrology
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
An approved course in statistics
BIOL 1950/1960Directed Research/Independent Study (conducted at Brown or an approved marine lab or field station.) 21
Total Credits17

Or substitutions as approved by the concentration advisor.


A summer or semester at a field station is recommended.  Please note that some recommended courses are offered every other year; others have limited enrollment and require early sign-up.