Marine & Environmental Science - Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am a high school student. How should I prepare for studying marine science in college?
The subject area courses most important in this curriculum are Biology, Chemistry, Math and English. It is also important to have computer skills. We encourage you to obtain first hand experience in marine biology and research by doing activities such as: science fair projects, visiting the ocean, enrolling in summer marine studies camps, volunteering at an aquarium, or even learning marine skills such as small boat handling or scuba diving.
  • I am a second year college student changing majors. I would like to be in marine science, but I have no background in math or science. What do your recommend I do?
First, take a look at the first two years of the curriculum for this degree. You will need to catch up, either at the college where you are currently enrolled or by transferring to a Hampton University campus. The latter option would insure the transferability of your coursework and put you in position to learn more about the ocean through field trips and activities associated with your introductory courses. You may even be able to secure marine-related student employment.
  • How much math do I need?
Math is very important. It is the “language of science”. This curriculum requires two semesters of Pre- calculus and one semester of calculus. To enroll in the calculus course, you must have completed geometry, trigonometry and algebra. Your knowledge in these areas will be tested through a placement examination administered by the Department of Mathematics. Some ‘remedial’ math classes are offered here at HU, others are available at the community colleges.
  • Do I need chemistry?
Yes, much of the cutting edge research in biology now is based on processes you need to understand at the cellular and molecular levels. The BS Marine Science curriculum requires that you complete several Biology courses such as organic chemistry, Ecology, Botany as well as General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis. The Department of Chemistry administers a placement examination prior to enrollment to evaluate the adequacy of your pre-HU chemistry studies.
  • I am transferring to HU from another college. How much of my previous coursework, particularly in math and science can satisfy HU graduation requirements for the BS in Marine Science?
The university will decide this after you are admitted. For more information, visit the admissions site HU official policy on transfers. It could help to bring along your college’s catalog of course descriptions and the syllabi from key courses, in case you need to appeal a decision.
  • What jobs are available in the field of Marine Science?
You may visit Hampton University’s Career Center located in the Wigwam building located on HU’s campus or visit the Marine Career site. *Contact the department for answers to additional questions.*