Bachelor of Science in Marine Science-Biology
The Marine Science Biology degree is one of the defining degrees at The University of Tampa and a pivotal double major to the Department of Biology. Drawing from general biological principles and very specific marine-related issues, the course of study includes substantial exposure to biological, chemical and physical aspects of marine science. Courses are geared towards experiential learning, with rich lab experiences, weekend field trips to remote locations like the Florida Keys, and even international travel courses.
Moreover, nearly half of the biology faculty is conducting research on marine organisms or systems, providing numerous opportunities for student research and other real-world experiences. Students graduating with this degree are exceptionally well prepared to enter the job market or to pursue graduate training in any specific field of marine science, from basic to applied.
Because this is one of U.T.’s most prominent degrees, a vast array of facilities and equipment is available to faculty and students for coursework, experiential learning, and faculty-led research. The Marine Science Field Station has both a wet-lab and a dry-lab as well as direct access to Tampa Bay. Along with canoes, kayaks, and other equipment, four different powered research vessels are available at the station, including a 17-foot outboard boat on a trailer, two beautiful Grady White boats (21-foot center console and 27-foot with an enclosed bow), and the B.I.O.S., a 44-foot, comfortable, stable, S.C.U.B.A.-ready research vessel.
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 to round out their degree or tailor it to their specific needs.
Bachelor of Science in Marine Science-Chemistry Degree
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 U.T.’s most prominent degrees, a vast array of facilities and equipment are available for faculty and students for coursework, 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 B.I.O.S., a 44-foot S.C.U.B.A.-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.
Undergraduate International Admissions
With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)
Students should apply through U.T.'s online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:
- Official transcripts of all secondary school coursework and grades translated into English (“Official” means that you must request your school to send transcripts directly to the U.T. admissions office. If that is impossible, send copies that have been certified by your school as “true copies” of the originals after they are copied. An official at your school should sign the document as “true copy of original.”)
- Essay written in English
- A recommendation written by a counselor, teacher or headmaster.
Applicants must submit one of the following:
- TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based) exam.
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5.
- C.P.E.: Certificate of Proficiency in English - grades of “C” or better.
- Pearson Test of English (P.T.E.): minimum score of 58.
- Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by E.S.L. Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample.
International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of the several E.S.L. programs.
International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.
Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from U.T.’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.
The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.
Average cost for full-time undergraduate students for 2013-2014 academic year (fall and spring).
- Tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester): $23,990
- Mandatory Fees (required): $1,782
- Room and Board (double room, 15 meals per week): $9,388
- Total: $35,160
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