Program Information for Interested Students

Whether you are in high school or a current college student who is considering attending or transferring to Stockton or you are a current Stockton student or a graduate of another college, you will find a variety of options that can be tailored to help you reach your goals in marine science! The following describes how to review the various paths that lead to your desired degree.

Student Information

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Selected by most students at Stockton. Typically selected by all students potentially pursuing additional education beyond the bachelors and students interested in pursuing careers in the research or technical field.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Selected by fewer students at Stockton. Typically selected by students pursuing the Education concentration or any careers in education below college level.


Careers in oceanography are process focused and sub disciplines include Biological Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, Geological Oceanography, and Chemical Oceanography. Due to the more intense focus on mathematics and physics, careers in oceanography tend to be much higher paying than marine biology careers.

Marine Biology

Careers in marine biology are animal or ecology focused. This does not mean there is not extensive overlap with oceanography (especially with Biological Oceanography). Careers in Marine Biology are much more competitive than Oceanography due to the high number of graduates and low number of jobs, although these trends are changing.


Please visit the EDUC page for additional information.

To see the curriculum for your area of interest you’ll use the web program, DegreeWorks. This program is accessible even if you are not currently a student with Stockton University. If you are a current student at Stockton University, access your portal for DegreeWorks, then look for the “what if” option to explore the various paths towards degree completion.

If you are new to Stockton or a prospective student:

  • Go to DegreeWorks TREQ: Transfer Equivalency
  • At the next page you are prompted with three (3) options. Select the one that says “continue without signing in.”
  • Respond to each prompt using the pull-down menu in the center of the page. [Please be patient. It may take a few seconds for the system to process your request. If you see a NO symbol, you need to wait a moment!]

Prompts include:

  • Enrollment dates (Choose intended semester attending)
  • Intended level (Choose“undergraduate”)
  • What degree you will pursue? (Choose “Bachelor of ScienceorBachelor of Arts”)
  • What is your intended major? (Choose “Marine Science”)
  • What is your intended concentration? (Choose “OceanographyorMarine Biology”)
  • What is your intended minor? (Choose “none or select one - it is not required)
  • For prospective students, choose “I’m all done" button.
  • For transfer students, use the “class” button to see how courses already taken fit into the Stockton degree path.
  • You will see an overview of the degree you have selected, including all requirements.
  • At the bottom of the screen, you could save or print worksheet.

Marine Science Minor (20 credits)

  Required (8 credits):

  • Either:
    MARS 1200 Introduction to Marine Biology (with lab) (4 credits) OR 
    MARS 1100 Survey of Ocean Life (without a lab) (4 credits) 
    You cannot receive credit for both. You must pass with a C- or better.
  • MARS 1300 Introduction to Oceanography (4 credits)

Choose an Interest:

Marine Biology Interest 

Must pass with C- or better

  • MARS 2200 Marine Biology Methods and Analysis (4 credits)*
  • Additional options (8 credits)
    • MARS 3000-level courses

* For those taking MARS 2200, you may find taking the Marine Science seminar helpful (MARS 2600) but because it is a lower level course, a requirement you will have fulfilled with MARS 2200, seminar will not apply to your minor.


Marine Oceanography Interest

Must pass with C- or better

  • MARS 2300 Oceanographic Methods (2 credits)
  • Additional options (10 credits)
    • MARS 2600 Marine Science seminar (1 credit)
    • MARS independent study (2000-4000 level; 1-4 credits)
    • MARS 3107 Data Methods in Marine Science (2 credits)
    • MARS 3000-level courses


If you have any questions, please contact the Marine Science Program Coordinator,