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Bachelor of Science in Biology: Option III: Marine and Freshwater Science

The B.S. in Biology: Marine and Freshwater Science degree is offered through the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. This degree is offered on the Austin campus and the Department of Marine Science offers several courses that satisfy requirements for this degree program. Below is a summary of the program.

Under this major, students are:

  • Required to enroll in at least two summer courses at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas.
  • Encouraged to enroll in four courses at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas either by taking four courses in one summer (i.e., two consecutive summer sessions), or as we recommend, over two summer periods in Port Aransas.
  • Offered the option to register in Marine Science courses in conjunction with directed research courses (MNS 170, 270, and 370) over consecutive summer or fall/spring terms.
  • Strongly encouraged to enroll in research courses in one of the many disciplines offered by the faculty in the department if they are interested in graduate school. Only three credits of research may be counted toward one special studies course to fulfill the 21 hour upper-division course requirement as described under section 19(c) in the Prescribed Work in Option III: Marine and Freshwater Science.
  • For entering students interested in this program, you will find application materials for The University of Texas at Austin on the UT Admissions web site. Continuing students already enrolled at UT-Austin should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Undergraduate Faculty Advisor.

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