Master of Science in Marine Biology

Core Courses

Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology

The program aims to produce graduates with advanced training in marine science who are capable of undertaking original and independent research in experimental or theoretical marine science; and assuming top-level marine scientist positions in academic and/or research institutions.

Core Courses

Graduate Course Catalog

Core Courses

BIO 200        Elements of Research

        Description: Theoretical and practical introduction  to organized investigations, use of appropriate methods of data gathering and analysis and interpretation of results.

         Credit: 3 units 


OCEA 211    Biological Oceanography

        Description: The relationship of biological systems to the marine physico-chemical environment.

         Credit: 3 units 


OCEA 221    Physical Oceanography

Description: Physical properties of sea water, general distribution of salinity, temperature and density, waves and currents, ocean atmosphere interactions.

         Credit: 3 units


OCEA 231    Chemical Oceanography

Description:  Chemical features and processes in marine waters and sediments, and their influence on organisms in the sea.

         Credit: 3 units


STAT 233     Biostatistics

    Description: Use of statistical methods in biological research, with emphasis on microcomputer statistical packages (e.g. Microstat; Statistix) in data analysis and interpretation.

         Credit 3 units



BIO 230   Principles of Systematics

Description:  Systematics based entirely on the phylogenetic and phenotypic similarities, respectively, among living organisms

   Credit 3 units 

   Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in Marine Plants and Animals.

MB 212   Marine Invertebrate Zoology

Description: Systematics of marine invertebrates, their relationship, life cycle, external and internal anatomy, and the application of more recent methods (e.g. use of cladistics)    in invertebrate classification.

   Credit: 3 units

   Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in Invertebrate  zoology


MB 214   Marine Plankton**

   Description: Structure and dynamics of marine plankton communities, productivity,adaptations, and distribution.

   Credit: 3 units

   Prerequisite:  Undergraduate courses  in invertebrate Zoology and Marine plankton


MB 216   Marine Vertebrate Zoology

Description: Biology of marine vertebrates other than fish, such as reptiles, birds and mammals with emphasis on classification, biogeography, anatomy , life cycle, eco-physiology and population dynamics; with special focus on endangered species and their conservation.

   Credit: 3 units

   Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in Marine Vertebrates

MB 222   Marine Ecosystems**

Description: Structure, function and dynamics of marine ecosystems; physical and chemical processes, their influence on productivity, distribution and dynamics of populations and communities; role of coastal upwelling and nutrient cycling on the plankton and fish dynamics; coastal fronts, estuarine systems and geomorphology; hydrodynamics and its effects on zonation and morphophysiological adaptations of marine organisms; global oceanic and atmospheric phenomena (e.g. El Nino) and their    implications to biological processes.  Includes the study of the physics and chemistry of specialized ecosystems and recent trends in ecosystem modeling.

         Credit: 3 units

         Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in Marine Ecology


MB 251   Marine Pollution**

Description: Types of marine pollutants, their sources, distribution and movement, measurements of pollution levels and methods of regulation and control.  Classification of waters based on environmental standards.   

         Credit: 3 units

         Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in Chemistry and Marine Ecology.


MB 252    Marine Toxicology**

Description: Venomous and toxic marine organisms, chemical analysis of toxins and    bioassay methods, their physiological effects and pharmacological importance. 

         Credit: 3 units

         Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in zoology and Organic and Biochemistry.


MB 262   Marine Reproductive Biology

Description:  Current advances in the mechanisms , regulation and control of the reproduction of representative marine organisms.     

    Credit: 3 units

Prerequisite:  Undergraduate courses in Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Vertebrates and Developmental Biology


MB 263   Mariculture

Description:  Principles of aquaculture and their implication to  culture of economically  important marine organisms; prevention and control of pest, diseases and parasites, economic feasibility analysis of typical and new mariculture ventures.

         Credit: 3 units

                 Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in Zoology and Botany

MB 275   Morphology and Physiology of Marine Animals**

   Description: Structure and function relationships of marine animals with emphasis on    nutrition, respiration, osmoregulation, and excretion.    

    Credit: 3 units

Prerequisite Undergraduate courses in Zoology.


MB  276  Morphology and Physiology of Marine Plants** 

   Description: Structure and function  relationships of marine plants with emphasis on     nutrition, respiration, osmoregulation, and excretion.

        Credit: 3units

             Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in Botany.


MB 282    Fisheries Biology

Description:  Biology, population dynamics and stock assessment of the living resources of the sea and man’s interaction with them.  Includes use of fisheries application software       and principles pf fisheries management.  

   Credit: 3 units

         Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in Marine Ecology and Biostatistics.

MB 292    Integrated Natural Resources Management

Description:  Principles of resource conservation, rational utilization, protection and  management of the natural resources; conservation laws and resource policies.

         Credit: 3 units

Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in Marine resource Management, Ecology, Zoology and Botany.


MB 295   Computer-based Applications in Marine Biology

Description:  Includes data base management such as HIS (hydrographic information   system), GIS (geographic information system) and modeling. 

    Credit: 3 units

         Prerequisite:  Consent of Instructor


MB 296   Research Methods in Marine Biology

   Description:  Advanced and specialized techniques  for the study of marine biology.

   Credit: 3 units

Prerequisite: Consent of  Instructor

MB 301   Advances in Marine Biology 

                Description:   Deals with current issues and advances in marine biology. 

         Credit:  3 units

MB 303   Biology of Marine Mammals

Description: The course will examine the characteristics that mammals brought with them when they returned to the ocean, the evolution  of the different groups of marine     mammals, some of their special adaptations, the roles of marine mammals in oceanic ecosystems and general principles of the marine mammal population biology and how these influence attempts to manage and conserve them. 

         Credit: 3 units

MB 323   Intertidal Ecology

Description: An integrated, interdisciplinary an multisectoral approach in developing  plans that provide a coarse of action usable for daily management of the coastal areas. Topics include principles of CRM, rational utilization, protection and management of the  coastal zone; conservation laws.                           

         Credit: 3 units

         Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in Marine Ecology.


MB 392   Marine Fisheries  Biology

Description:  Biology, population dynamics and stock assessments of the living resources of the sea and man’s interaction with them.  

         Credit: 3 units