BS in Marine and Coastal Science

Western Washington University - ISC, United States

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Next enrollment cycle

June 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,167

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 6% scholarship
The Marine and Coastal Science (MACS) degree program is a new cohort-based, interdisciplinary, experiential program that gives participants opportunities to engage in coastal and marine-focused research.
Active learning experiences help students develop into confident, thoughtful, ethical scientists who are ready to address the growing challenges affecting marine and coastal environments.
Students in the Marine and Coastal Science program:
Study Marine and Coastal Science Across Disciplines
The new MACS major is a partnership between four academic departments (Biology, Geology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences) and Shannon Point Marine Center. You will have a unique opportunity to study marine science in an environment of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Learn, Work, and Thrive Together
You will study marine science with a cohort group, beginning with a research experience in your second year, continuing through a 3rd year core series, and culminating with a capstone project in your final year.

Gain Research Experience
You will have opportunities to engage in mentored, hands-on research in your sophomore year through immersive study at the Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes, Washington.

Obtain Access to Marine Labs & Research Vessels
You will spend time in the field, on oceanographic vessels, and in learning laboratories. You will engage deeply in marine research and focused study of the Salish Sea.

Enrollment Cycles

  • June 2022
  • September 2022

Intensive English Program (3 quarters)
TOEFL (iBT) 50 overall
IELTS 5.0 overall
Pearson (PTE) 42
Pearson Versant 43-47
Duolingo Not Accepted
Gao Kao English 77/120; 99/150
GPA: 2.5 for International Year
11 to 15 credit hours towards degree

Intensive English Program (2 quarters)
TOEFL (iBT) 60 overall
IELTS 5.5 overall
Pearson (PTE) 45
Pearson Versant 48-54
Duolingo Not Accepted
Gao Kao English 83/120; 105/150
GPA: 2.5 for International Year
11 to 15 credit hours towards degree

Intensive English Program (1 quarter)
TOEFL (iBT) 68 overall
IELTS 6.0 overall
Pearson (PTE) 50
Pearson Versant 55-63
Duolingo Not Accepted
Gao Kao English 115/150; 95/120
GPA: 2.5 for International Year
8 to 10 credit hours towards degree

International Year (3 quarters)
TOEFL (iBT) 50 overall
IELTS 5.0 overall
Pearson (PTE) 42
Pearson Versant 43-47
Duolingo 75
Gao Kao English 77/120; 99/150
GPA: 2.5 for International Year
11 to 15 credit hours towards degree

International Year (2 quarters)
TOEFL (iBT) 60 overall
IELTS 5.5 overall
Pearson (PTE) 45
Pearson Versant 48-54
Duolingo 85
Gao Kao English 83/120; 105/150
GPA: 2.5 for International Year
11 to 15 credit hours towards degree

International Year (1 quarter)
TOEFL (iBT) 68 overall
IELTS 6.0 overall
Pearson (PTE) 50
Pearson Versant 55-63
Duolingo 95
Gao Kao English 115/150; 95/120
GPA: 2.5 for International Year
8 to 10 credit hours towards degree

Direct Admission
TOEFL (iBT) 79 overall
IELTS 6.5 overall
Pearson (PTE) 62
Pearson Versant Not Accepted
Duolingo 105
Gao Kao English Not Accepted
GPA: 2.5 for Direct Admission

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Requirements 107 credits
Preparatory (40 credits)
BIOL 204 - Introduction to Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity w/lab Credits: 5
CHEM 161 - General Chemistry I Credits: 5
CHEM 162 - General Chemistry II Credits: 5
CHEM 163 - General Chemistry III Credits: 5
GEOL 211 - Physical Geology Credits: 5

Choose either:
MATH 124 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I Credits: 5
and MATH 125 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Credits: 5
or
MATH 134 - Calculus I Honors Credits: 5
and MATH 135 - Calculus II Honors Credits: 5
or
MATH 138 - Accelerated Calculus Credits: 5
PHYS 161 - Physics with Calculus I Credits: 5

MACS Core (37 credits)
Choose either:
BIOL 205 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology w/lab Credits: 5
and BIOL 206 - Introduction to Organismal Biology w/lab Credits: 5
or
PHYS 162 - Physics with Calculus II Credits: 5
and PHYS 163 - Physics with Calculus III Credits: 5
MACS 210 - Introduction to Marine and Coastal Science Research Credits: 4 (MACS 110 - Marine Habitat Diversity will substitute/satisfy this course requirement)
MACS 301 - Marine Geologic Processes Credits: 5
MACS 302 - Marine Chemical Processes Credits: 5
MACS 303 - Marine Ecological Processes Credits: 5
MACS 310 - Marine Science and Society Credits: 3

One course from:
BIOL 340 - Biostatistics Credits: 5
ESCI 340 - Biostatistical Analysis Credits: 5

Electives (24 credits)
Choose a minimum of 24 elective credits from 300-400 level ESCI, BIOL, GEOL, and MACS courses (2 credits of MACS 111 - Current Topics in Marine Science I and 3 credits of MACS 112 - Current Topics in Marine Science II for a total of 5 credits may be applied towards the elective requirement). Courses in addition to those listed below may be acceptable under advisement. 

Note: 60 credits of upper-division coursework is required by Western to graduate, additional upper division credits above major requirements may be needed. Specific courses listed below may not be available to MACS students until phase II registration. Check with MACS advisors when planning course of study. 

Biology
BIOL 321 - Genetics Credits: 4
BIOL 323 - Cell and Molecular Biology Credits: 4
BIOL 324 - Methods in Molecular Biology w/lab Credits: 4
BIOL 345 - Fundamentals of Microbiology Credits: 4
BIOL 403 - Physiological Ecology of Animals w/lab Credits: 5
BIOL 405 - Microbial Ecology Credits: 4
BIOL 432 - Evolutionary Biology Credits: 4
BIOL 456 - Algae w/lab Credits: 5
BIOL 460 - Invertebrate Zoology w/lab Credits: 5
BIOL 465 - Vertebrate Zoology w/lab Credits: 5

Environmental Science
ENRG 342 - Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science Credits: 5
or ESCI 342 - Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science Credits: 5
ESCI 393 - Our Coastal Seas and Climate Change Credits: 4
ESCI 412 - Fisheries Science Credits: 5
ESCI 417 - The State of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Credits: 5
ESCI 424 - Marine Fish Ecology Credits: 5
ESCI 426 - Marine Invertebrates and Their Environment Credits: 5
ESCI 432 - Topics in Marine Ecology Credits: 4
ESCI 445 - Marine Geochemistry Credits: 4
ESCI 459 - Aquatic Toxicology Credits: 3
ESCI 491 - Oceanography of the Salish Sea Credits: 4
ESCI 494 - Marine Conservation Credits: 5

Geology
GEOL 212 - Historical Geology Credits: 4
GEOL 213 - GIS in Geology Credits: 3
GEOL 310 - Geomorphology Credits: 5
GEOL 311 - Earth Materials Credits: 5
GEOL 314 - Engineering Geology Credits: 4
GEOL 316 - Paleontology Credits: 4
GEOL 352 - Introduction to Geophysics Credits: 5

Marine and Coastal Science
MACS 111 - Current Topics in Marine Science I Credits: 1 (Can be repeated for a total of up to 2 credits)
MACS 112 - Current Topics in Marine Science II Credits: 1 (Can be repeated for a total of up to 3 credits)
MACS 399 - Marine and Coastal Science Speaker Series Credits: 1
MACS 491 - Teaching Practicum Credits: 1-3 (Can be repeated for a total of up to 3 credits)
MACS 492 - Marine Research Participation Credits: 1-5 (Can be repeated for a total of up to 5 credits)

Capstone (6 credits)
Must complete 6 capstone credits. MACS 496 Communicating Marine Science, 2 credits (It is required for all students) and one of the three options listed for 4 credits.

Must complete a total of 4 credits of one of the following three options:

Option 1:
MACS 493 - Advanced Marine and Coastal Science Research Credits: 4 (take for a total of 4 credits)

Option 2:
MACS 494 - Independent Research Project Credits: 1-10 (take at least 4 credits)

Option 3:
MACS 495 - Professional Work Experience in Marine Science Credits: 1-10 (take at least 4 credits)
MACS 496 - Communicating Marine Science Credits: 2

Intensive English Program (1-3 quarters) $ 3,276 per quarter 

International Year (1-3 quarters) $7,821** (Net = $5,000) per quarter 

Direct Admission $24167 

Estimated Room & Board $ 11,873 - $17,710 

Undergraduate Pathway Scholarship Scholarship Available - Upto $8463 

Undergraduate Direct Admission Scholarship Scholarship Available - Upto $6000 

*Direct admission scholarship is available in each year

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