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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 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 will provide education and training opportunities for students interested in aquatic sciences more broadly. New marine science-focused courses have been added to this concentration in response to interests of a large number of Purdue students, as evidenced by high enrollment in FNR 20100 Marine Biology (i.e. >50 each semester offered) and high participation in the Purdue University Marine Biology Club (i.e., 15 members each year). We have added a number of new and existing courses to this concentration, including a Marine Biology Practicum, an Advanced Marine Biology course and a Physical Oceanography course. This will provide students with rigorous training in the marine sciences and will place Purdue one of the leader in marine science education in the Midwest, offering a comprehensive program that is similar to Michigan State University’s Zoology major with a concentration in Marine Biology. The AQSC major will also offer a new course on Limnology - a critical skill for Marine and Freshwater Biology and one that has been lacking from FAQS for many years.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (63-64 credits)

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

Electives (5-7 credits)

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • 9 credits International Understanding
  • 3 credits Multicultural Awareness
  • 9 credits of Hum and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture

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

12 Credits

13 Credits

Fall 4th Year

13 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.

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

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