The Marine Science-Chemistry degree has been a pivotal component of the Department of Biology for several decades, and the talented faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Physics offer a strong foundation in chemistry. This rigorous double-major combines the best of these two programs, providing myriad opportunities for the budding marine scientist or oceanographer. This degree draws from marine-related issues and specific principles of chemistry to give the graduate a highly prescribed course of study that will open doors to graduate programs and employment in government and industry alike.
The course of study in this program includes substantial exposure to the chemical and physical aspects of marine biology. Biology courses are geared towards experiential learning, with rich lab experiences, weekend field trips in remote locations like the Florida Keys, and even international travel courses. Chemistry labs provide numerous hands-on opportunities as well. Moreover, nearly half of the biology faculty is conducting research on marine organisms or systems, and all the chemistry faculty are active researchers, providing students with numerous opportunities for student research and other real-world experiences.
Because this is one of UT’s most prominent degrees, a vast array of facilities and equipment are available for faculty and students for course work, experiential learning, and faculty-led research. The Marine Science Field Station has both a wet-lab and a dry-lab, direct access to Tampa Bay, and canoes, kayaks, and four different powered research vessels, including the BIOS, a 44-foot SCUBA-ready research vessel. The Department of Chemistry and Physics also houses state-of-the-art equipment in its labs and facilities.
This is a somewhat prescribed degree program, without specific areas of study, or "concentrations" from which students choose courses. However, students are able to pick from a wide range of courses in biology, marine science, and chemistry to round out their degree or tailor it to their specific needs. See the UT catalog for specific information about required coursework.
Marine Science-Chemistry Four-Year Curriculum Plan