Bachelor of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Major Code: 7093 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences–Marine Conservation provides students with the skills and knowledge for immediate employment in ocean and estuarine conservation, or for graduate studies in ecology and conservation biology. Graduates are prepared to face the challenges associated with global climate change, pollution and habitat loss, as well as the growing threat of invasive species.

Coursework emphasizes ecological principles, experimental design, implementation and analysis. Access and training to in-demand technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), R statistical software and other tools are a priority. Courses in environmental law, natural resource economics and media communication gives graduates the skills necessary to serve as ocean diplomats to the public, or aid in policy debate and implementation.

Undergraduate research opportunities range from work on marine microbes and molecular marine ecology to dolphins, tarpon, invasive lionfish, reef-corals and the rich fauna of Antarctica. Fieldwork is required and is available locally in the lndian River Lagoon (one of North America's most diverse estuaries) and through summer field courses in the Galapagos Islands, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Cuba and other locations. This degree is eligible for the Fast Track program, allowing students to complete the bachelor's degree in biological sciences and the master's degree (M.S.) in conservation technology in five years. 

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply for admission to study in the department of biological sciences are strongly encouraged to complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics, including second-year algebra and trigonometry.

Florida Tech has articulation agreements with many of the community colleges in Florida. Students considering transfer to Florida Tech should consult with the department to determine transferability of credits. If there is a question regarding specific courses needed, students should contact the associate department head for  undergraduate studies.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences - Marine Conservation must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum. Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty advisor to reflect the knowledge a student needs either for employment or graduate school.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Assists new incoming students during their initial academic and social transitions to the university. Aims to promote student success by providing information about campus and academic resources, and encouraging participation in the classroom and in the campus community.
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    or MTH 1010 Mathematical Analysis 1 
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    or MTH 1020 Mathematical Analysis 2 
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
Sophomore Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    Credit Hours: 4
    The fundamentals of genetics from Mendel to modern day. Emphasizes the transmission of genetic material, the molecular nature of heredity and the heredity of populations. In the lab, students perform genetic analyses with online bioinformatics software and hands-on with DNA purified from several sources.
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 2801 Biometry
    Credit Hours: 4
    Experimental design and hypothesis testing in the biological sciences, and the analysis of biological data using descriptive statistics and applying parametric and non-parametric tests. Computer applications include statistical packages, spreadsheets, graphics preparation and word processing in the development of reports on modules of field-, clinic- and lab-based studies.
  • BIO 3701 Evolution
    Credit Hours: 3
    Describes the processes resulting in evolutionary change and the factors affecting those processes. Discusses evolution at all levels, from cell and molecular evolution to local populations to major groups, and covers time frames drawing on knowledge of many biological fields.
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Continues . Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
Junior Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • BIO 3410 General Ecology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Studies the distribution and abundance of organisms, with emphasis at the level of biological populations. Interaction of populations with the abiotic environment, energetics, population growth, reproduction, competition, predation, adaptation and evolution. Modular lab exercises stress the experimental design and conduct, and data analysis.
  • BIO 3510 Invertebrate Zoology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and labs on the origins and adaptive radiation of the kingdom Metazoa, including comparative structure and function of living and extinct animal phyla, evolution of organ system, and comparative physiology and ecology.
  • BUS 4426 Environmental and Resource Economics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the behavioral sources of environmental problems. Includes property rights, externalities, cost-benefit analysis, depletable and recyclable resources, pollution control, population growth, sustainable development, ecotourism and environmental justice.
  • ISC 1500 Introduction to Sustainability
    Credit Hours: 3
    Uses lectures, reading and discussions to explore the biological, environmental, economic, technological, humanistic and social science aspects of sustainable resource use and development.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • BIO 4410 Community Ecology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Studies the composition and distribution of biological communities and the community responses to wildlife management, changing climates and other abiotic factors. Includes ecosystems, biogeography, biodiversity, paleoecology, pollution, population manipulation and successions. Modular lab exercises stress experimental design and data analysis in studying communities.
  • BIO 4710 Marine Biology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and labs on the nature of life in the ocean and in coastal environments. Reviews taxonomic diversity, ecological roles and adaptations of the five kingdoms. Includes physiological mechanisms, locomotion and migrations, defenses against predation, sensory reception, productivity, feeding, reproduction and symbiosis.
  • COM 2225 Writing for the Media
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on writing for a wide variety of media. Assists development and improvement of professional media writing skills. Covers the importance of the various writing approaches required for specific audiences and media organizations.
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (BIO, CHM, ENS, OCN) Credit Hours: 3
Summer (3 credit hours)

BIO xxxx Field Biology Course Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • BIO 4030 Conservation Biology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies biodiversity and population responses to human activity. Highlights decision-making and the active management of populations and habitats. Investigates the science underlying conservation of plant and animal communities (terrestrial and marine) and ecosystems. Pays special attention to the need to develop conservation strategies that accommodate climate change.
  • BIO 4517 Introduction to Modeling for Ecology and Biology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes allometric principles, biological processes within organisms, population and metapopulation models, competition and symbiosis, predator-prey relations, community and diversity, and models in evolution, biogeography, ecosystems and conservation.
  • Restricted Electives (BIO, CHM, ENS, OCN) Credit Hours: 8
Spring (14 credit hours)
  • BIO 4411 Conservation Genetics
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces conservation genetics. Focuses on population genetic theory and emphasizes molecular methods for examining population differentiation, genetic diversity, the evolution of small populations, and the management of threatened populations. Lab includes experimental design, data collection and analysis.
  • BIO 4720 Marine Ecology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers the structure and function of marine biotic systems from the organism (life histories) to community and ecosystem.
  • Restricted Elective (BIO, CHM, ENS, OCN) Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 129
Humanities Core Courses