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The following sequence of courses will be taken by candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, Associate of Science in Small Vessel Operations and a USCG 200-ton Mate license.

Fall Semester

  • Bi-101 General Biology I
  • Ch-210 Chemistry I
  • Ns-101 Intro. to Nautical Science or USCG1 Firefighting
  • Hc-111 Composition
  • Os-101 Introduction to Marine Science
  • Pe-100/114 Sailing/Ocean Survival

Spring Semester

  • Bi-102 Biology II
  • Ch-220 Chemistry I
  • Ms-101 Precalculus, or Ms-150 Calculus I
  • Os-001 Ocean Studies Seminar I
  • Ns-241 Seamanship
  • Pe-xxx Swim Related
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective I

Fall Semester

  • Ms-150 Calculus I, or Ms-160 Calculus II (if precalc in previous semester)
  • Bi-220 Marine Botany,  or Os-204 Physical Geology
  • Os-002 OS Seminar II
  • USCG1 Firefighting, or Ns-101 Intro. to Nautical Science
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective II
  • Free Elective I

Spring Semester

  • Bi-212 Marine Zoology or Humanities/Social Science Elective II
  • Ms-160 Calculus II, or Free Elective I (if Ms-150 in previous semester)
  • Os-003 Os Seminar III
  • Os-203 Design and Applied Statistics in Science
  • Ps-162 Physics I
  • Os-212 Marine Geochemistry , or Os-211 Marine Geology

Fall Semester

  • Ps-261 Physics II
  • Os-204 Physical Geology,  or Bi-220 Marine Botany
  • Os-210 Physical Oceanography (or 4th yr.)
  • Os-004 OS Seminar IV
  • Department Elective I
  • Ns-103 Intro Small Vessel Operations

Spring Semester

  • Hc-112 Humanities I
  • Os-005 OS Seminar V
  • Department Elective II
  • Os-212 Marine Geochemistry , or Os-211 Marine Geology
  • Os-400 Research Preparation
  • Free Elective II or Humanities/Social Science Elective III

Fall Semester

  • Hc-211 Humanities II
  • Os-006 Os Seminar VI
  • Oc-210 Physical Oceanography (or 3rd yr.)
  • Os-401 Research Project
  • Department Elective III
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective III

Spring Semester

  • Department Elective IV
  • Free Elective III
  • Free Elective IV
  • Ns-132/135 Small Craft Technology/Construction


Co-223 SVO Coop Work Experience I

FIFTH YEARFall Semester

  • Ns-271 Terrestrial Navigation I
  • Ns-272 Terrestrial Navigation I Lab
  • Ns-122 Cargo I
  • Ns-232 Marine Systems
  • SVO Department  Elective

    Spring Semester

  • Ns-292 Electronic Navigation I
  • Ns-262 Navigation Rules
  • Ns-221 Meteorology
  • Ns-298 Topics in Nautical Science
  • Ns-299 200-ton License Preparation



This unique five-year dual major, double degree program (Bachelor of Science,Marine Biology and Associate in Science, Small Vessel Operation) is not offered at any other college in the nation.

  • Marine Science is a broad-based science curriculum encompasses the study of chemistry, biology, physics, and geology of the ocean environment, as well as writing and communications, computer science, mathematics, humanities, social sciences. Prepares generalists in the field of marine science, with particular emphasis on the development of problem-solving and decision-making skills in an ocean setting.
  • SVO curriculum, along with a cooperative work experience during the summer following the fourth year,  prepares you to sit for a USCG 200 ton mate, near coastal, (up to 200 miles offshore) license.
  • Graduates of the program may pursue employment in the various fields of marine sciences (resource management, aquaculture, research, environmental protection, science education, or oceanography, to name a few possibilities) or graduate education, as well as prepare students for positions of responsibility in the operation and management of a variety of vessels from yachts to small commercial craft.
  • Participation in the Regiment of Midshipmen is optional.
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