Marine Sciences (BS): Chemistry Concentration

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Marine Science may be obtained by selecting one of five concentrations: Biological Oceanography, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, or Physics.

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources is available with a concentration in Marine and Coastal Resources.

Marine scientists explore all aspects of the seas and coastal regions, seeking to understand how the oceans, their biological communities, the solid earth and the atmosphere interact. As professionals with interdisciplinary training, marine scientists are needed to advise business, industry and governments on the potential impact of human activities and the wise use of marine resources. Marine scientists work for consulting firms; regulatory agencies; the mass media; business and industry; federal, state and local governments; academic laboratories; research and education organizations; and nonprofit environmental watchdog groups.


For more information about our marine science programs, visit our website or contact:

Maggie Puryear
Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs

Plan Requirements

Core Courses/Marine Science
MEA 100Earth System Science: Exploring the Connections4
MEA 200Introduction to Oceanography3
MEA 210Oceanography Lab1
MEA 250Introduction to Coastal Environments3
MEA 459Field Investigation of Coastal Processes5
MEA 460Principles of Physical Oceanography3
MEA 462Observational Methods and Data Analysis in Marine Physics3
MEA 495Junior Seminar in the Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences1
Chemistry Concentration
CH 315
CH 316
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
CH 221Organic Chemistry I 13
CH 222Organic Chemistry I Lab1
CH 223Organic Chemistry II 13
CH 224Organic Chemistry II Lab1
CH 401Systematic Inorganic Chemistry I3
CH 442Advanced Synthetic Techniques4
CH 403Systematic Inorganic Chemistry II3
CH 431Physical Chemistry I 13
CH 433Physical Chemistry II 13
MEA 323Geochemistry of Natural Waters3
MEA 473Principles of Chemical Oceanography3
Basic Math & Sciences
CH 101Chemistry - A Molecular Science 13
CH 102General Chemistry Laboratory1
CH 201Chemistry - A Quantitative Science 13
CH 202Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory1
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory 1
MA 141Calculus I 14
MA 241Calculus II 14
MA 242Calculus III 14
MA 341Applied Differential Equations I3
Statistics Elective3
Select one of the following Computer Science electives:3
Introduction to Computing: Python
Introduction to Computing-FORTRAN
Introduction to Computing - MATLAB
Introduction to Computing - Java
Introduction to Scientific Computing
College Requirements
COS 100Science of Change 32
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research 14
Select one of the following Advanced Writing courses:3
Communication for Engineering and Technology
Communication for Business and Management
Communication for Science and Research
GEP Courses
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences6
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts)3
GEP U.S. Diversity (verify requirement)
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Total Hours120

Statistics Electives

BUS 350Economics and Business Statistics3
EC 351Econometrics I3
ST 305Statistical Methods4
ST 307Introduction to Statistical Programming- SAS1
ST 308Introduction to Statistical Programming - R1
ST 311Introduction to Statistics3
ST 312Introduction to Statistics II3
ST 350Economics and Business Statistics3
ST 370Probability and Statistics for Engineers3
ST 371Introduction to Probability and Distribution Theory3
ST 372Introduction to Statistical Inference and Regression3
ST 380Probability and Statistics for the Physical Sciences3

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101 Chemistry - A Molecular Science (CP) 1 3
CH 102 General Chemistry Laboratory (CP) 3 1
COS 100 Science of Change 2
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
MEA 100 Earth System Science: Exploring the Connections 2 4
MA 141 Calculus I (CP) 1 4
Spring Semester
CH 201 Chemistry - A Quantitative Science (CP) 1 3
CH 202 Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory (CP) 3 1
MA 241 Calculus II (CP) 1 4
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 1 4
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts) 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
CH 221 Organic Chemistry I 1 3
CH 222 Organic Chemistry I Lab 2 1
MA 242 Calculus III 1 4
MEA 200 Introduction to Oceanography (CP) 2 3
MEA 210 Oceanography Lab 2 1
PY 205 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I (CP) 1 3
PY 206 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1 1
Spring Semester
CH 315 Quantitative Analysis 2 3
CH 316 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 2 1
CH 223 Organic Chemistry II 1 3
CH 224 Organic Chemistry II Lab 2 1
MEA 250 Introduction to Coastal Environments 2 3
PY 208 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II (CP) 1 3
PY 209 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory 1 1
Third Year
Fall Semester
CH 401 Systematic Inorganic Chemistry I 2 3
CH 442 Advanced Synthetic Techniques 2 4
CH 431 Physical Chemistry I 1 3
MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I 3 3
MEA 460 Principles of Physical Oceanography 2 3
Spring Semester
CH 403 Systematic Inorganic Chemistry II 2 3
CH 433 Physical Chemistry II 1 3
MEA 462 Observational Methods and Data Analysis in Marine Physics 2 3
MEA 495 Junior Seminar in the Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences 1
Statistical Science Option Elective 3 3
MEA 459 Field Investigation of Coastal Processes 2 5
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Advanced Writing Elective 3
GEP Humanities 3
GEP Social Sciences 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
MEA 473 Principles of Chemical Oceanography 2 3
Spring Semester
Computer Science Option Elective 3 3
GEP Social Sciences 3
GEP Humanities 3
MEA 323 Geochemistry of Natural Waters 2 3
 Total Hours120

Career Opportunities

MEAS undergraduate degree programs provide talented students with the foundation of scientific knowledge required for careers in government, industry, or academia. Many students pursue graduate degrees and pursue careers in industry, at government agencies and in academia.

Marine Sciences graduates go on to become oceanographers, to manage our coastal resources, model air-sea interaction, and explore global climate change. They conduct basic and applied research, serving as environmental consultants for industry and governmental agencies, policy and management experts for governmental agencies, and environmental science educators. Graduates with a Natural Resources degree are versed in the fundamental processes and interdisciplinary nature of the coastal zone. As scientists, managers, administrators, and regulators, they make decisions regarding use and conservation of coastal and marine resources.

Geology graduates address society’s needs for dealing effectively with earth processes, such as water resources and the stability of land forms. They work for engineering firms, permit-issuing agencies, and industries that rely on geological resources. Historical geologists are familiar with the evolution of earth through time and provide a perspective on potential long-term reactions of the earth systems to change. Those who concentrate in Environmental Geology are trained to assess and monitor geological resources such as ground water. Marine geologists are experts in the complex issues facing industry, municipalities, and residents in the dynamic and ecologically vulnerable coastal zone.

Meteorology graduates enjoy careers in weather forecasting, air quality assessment, development of weather products and services, broadcast communications, and advanced research. Marine meteorologists study ocean-generated weather systems. Their research is yielding practical benefits such as refined prediction of storm surge, which has streamlined evacuation efforts during severe storms along the Carolina coast. Meteorology graduates with an air quality emphasis work for environmental firms, regulatory agencies, and in applied research. Study of air quality and how air pollution is transported and dispersed is a rapidly expanding field in the atmospheric sciences.

MEAS graduates play a key service role for the State of North Carolina, assisting in everything from forecasting severe storms and analyzing the impact of atmospheric pollutants on agriculture and our estuaries, to determining the effects of toxic waste disposal on quality of surface and ground water.