Dec 04, 2020  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aquatic Sciences: Marine and Freshwater Biology Concentration, BS

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About the Program

The Marine and Freshwater Biology concentration provides education and training opportunities for students broadly interested in aquatic sciences. Marine-science-focused courses are included in this concentration in response to interest shown by a large number of Purdue students enrolled in classes such as FNR 20100 Marine Biology. These courses include a Marine Biology Practicum experience along the Gulf Coast, an Advanced Marine Biology course and a physical sciences requirement (for example, oceanography). This concentration provides students with rigorous training in the marine sciences and places Purdue among the leaders in marine science education in the Midwest. The AQSC major also offers a new course in Limnology - a critical knowledge area for marine and freshwater biologists.


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Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (64-65 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (50-51 credits)

Electives (5-7 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 5.00-7.00


College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

  • 2.00 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • International Understanding Selective   - Credit Hours: 9.00
  • Multicultural Awareness Selective  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • 6 Credits:  Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ courses or above - Credit Hours: 3.00 AND Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ or above or from a course with a required pre-requisite in the same department - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture - Credit Hours: 9.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

14-15 Credits

16-17 Credits

16 Credits

15 Credits

6 Credits

13 Credits

13 Credits

Fall 4th Year

13 Credits

13-15 Credits


  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. 

For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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