Dec 06, 2023  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aquatic Sciences: Marine and Freshwater Biology Concentration, BS

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.

Forestry and Natural Resources

Aquatic Sciences Major Change (CODO) Requirements   

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (64-65 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (50 credits)

Electives (4-6 credits)

  •   Electives - Credit Hours: 4.00-6.00

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

14-15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15-16 Credits

16 Credits

15 Credits

6 Credits

13 Credits

13 Credits

13-14 Credits

13-14 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.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-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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