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Marine Biology Dual Admission Program

Dual Admission – Marine Science

Bachelor's Degree and Master of Science Marine Science Degree

A dual admission program in marine science is available for freshmen and transfer students. Students will complete the bachelor's degree and a non-thesis master's degree in marine science in a six-year period. A master's degree that includes a research thesis may take longer to complete.

Students in this program are reserved placement at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography once required standards have been met.  Students will complete a minimum of 120 credits in any undergraduate major. After 45 credits of graduate work, the student will earn a master’s degree in marine biology. In addition, outstanding students will have the opportunity to conduct independent research either at the Oceanographic Center or at field locations throughout Florida.

The undergraduate marine biology major is a rigorous science major designed to prepare students for graduate study in ocean science or marine biology. The curriculum consists of courses in physical and life sciences and is taught by research faculty in the Halmos College. This will fully prepare the undergraduate for the graduate curriculum, supplementing and enhancing the experience.

To apply for Dual Admission, complete the Premier Programs application

Degrees:  Bachelor's Degree (Any Major)
 Master of Science in Marine Science
Years to Complete 4+2 years/6 years (non-thesis)
Preadmission Interview Yes (Shark Preview Weekend)

Winter: November 1

Fall : February 1

Undergraduate Admission Requirements
High School GPA 3.5 weighted
Freshman: ACT/SAT 25 composite ACT or 1220 total SAT. 
Transfer: College GPA 3.0
Major / Course Reqs. Any bachelor's degree, prescribed program prerequisites will be communicated upon admission.
Cumulative GPA 3.0
Science GPA 3.0
Minimum Grade in Prerequisite Course C+
Graduate Application Yes
Letters of Recommendation 3
Degree Required Yes

Please be advised that a student's initial course placement in mathematics, science or composition may impact the timing of the completion of all dual admission prerequisites and major courses, and could result in the need to take summer courses.

The science GPA for dual admission purposes is only composed of all courses with BIOL, CHEM, and PHYS prefixes.

Final determination of admission into the professional program is at the discretion of the receiving college.

Students who enter NSU with earned college credits through advanced high school programs such as AP, IB, or college academy may be able to complete their degree and program requirements earlier than scheduled and request to enter their graduate professional programs earlier as well.

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