Button to scroll to the top of the page.

Undergraduate certificate programs encourage students to explore academic areas that support and extend their degree plans (see http://catalog.utexas.edu/undergraduate/natural-sciences/minor-and-certificate-programs/). The Marine Science Certificate requires at least 19 semester hours of coursework, some of which may also be used to fulfill degree requirements. Undergraduates who complete the certificate requirements in conjunction with their degree requirements or within one year after earning the degree will receive a certificate and recognition on their University transcript. A maximum of nine hours in the certificate program may be taken after completion of the undergraduate degree. At least six hours of the required coursework in the certificate program must be completed in residence at the University. In special circumstances, students may petition the undergraduate advisor in regard to the residency requirements for the certificate.

The Marine Science transcript-recognized certificate enables students to explore the field of marine science. The certificate provides a foundation of basic competency in the fundamentals of marine science, along with specialized upper-division coursework in aquatic science. The knowledge of aquatic science that students gain through the certificate will help them to be competitive for employment for graduate study in this field. The certificate consists of a minimum of 19 hours with grades of at least C-. Most of the courses in the certificate contain prerequisites of one year of general biology and one year of general chemistry.

Marine and Freshwater Biology and Marine and Freshwater Science majors are not eligible to earn the certificate. Environmental Science majors may count no more than nine hours of degree requirements toward the Marine Science certificate.

  1. Three hours chosen from: Biology 311C, 311D, 315H, Chemistry 301, 301H, 302, 302H
  2. Marine Science 310, Fundamentals of Marine Science
  3. Marine Science 320, Marine Ecology
  4. Marine Science 120L, Marine Ecology Laboratory
  5. Choose nine hours from the following list, including at least six hours at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas:
    • Marine Science 440, Limnology and Oceanography
    • Marine Science 152L, 252L, Principles of Marine Science: Laboratory Studies
    • Marine Science 152S, 252S, Principles of Marine Science: Undergraduate Seminar
    • Marine Science 152T, 252T, Principles of Marine Science: Special Topics
    • Marine Science 348 (Topic 1: Research Training Cruise(s): Research in Biological Oceanography)
    • Marine Science 352, Principles of Marine Science
    • Marine Science 352C, Estuarine Ecology
    • Marine Science 352D, Marine Botany
    • Marine Science 352E, Marine Conservation Biology
    • Marine Science 353, Topics in Marine Science
    • Marine Science 354, Marine Invertebrates
    • Marine Science 354C, Biology of Fishes
    • Marine Science 354E, Aquatic Microbiology
    • Marine Science 354J, Marine Chemistry
    • Marine Science 354Q, Marine Environmental Science
    • Marine Science 354T, Biological Oceanography
    • Marine Science 354U, Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays
    • Marine Science 355C, Physiology of Fishes
    • Marine Science 356, Ecosystems Oceanography
    • Marine Science 357, Marine Phytoplankton Diversity
    • Marine Science 367K, Human Exploration and Exploitation of the Sea
    • Marine Science 170, 270, 370, Special Studies in Marine Science

Apply to the Marine Science Certificate.