Marine Biologists are needed to study the effects of human activity on marine life, as well as to develop conservation plans to protect marine life.
The oceans cover 71% of the world (and rising)! Scientists estimate that less than 5% of the oceans have been explored. Nevertheless, scientific exploration of our planet's oceans has revealed incredible marine biodiversity, along with a better understanding of the processes by which oceans shape global weather, food supplies, and economies. We are also learning how climate change and other human activities threaten to permanently alter these fragile systems--and what we can do help.
Many students in the Marine Biology concentration also add the Biological Diving minor, and some choose to double-major in Ecology & Environmental Biology or Aquarium & Zoo Science. Nearly all marine students graduate within 4 years.
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Our Marine Biology program is a concentration within the Biology major. Students receive the broad, general background of a Biology major, while still gaining specialized instruction in the study of marine life.
The Marine Biology Concentration prepares students for careers as field biologists, coral reef ecologists, fisheries biologists, aquaculturists, etc. or to continue their studies in graduate-level programs. Marine Biologists find career opportunities in state and federal government agencies, private research laboratories, aquaria, zoos, museums, and in academia.
The Biological Diving minor requires that students complete SCUBA certification as well as a selection of upper level biology courses. Many of these courses provide opportunities for travel to sites like Belize for diving experience.
While the minor is accessible to students from any major, it is highly recommended for students in our Marine Biology program.Visit the Biological Diving Minor page
Learn about our Marine Science in Belize study abroad program
Learn more about our SCUBA Club
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