SCHOOL OF STEAM
Marine Biology Concentration
Earn a Biology, B.S. with a Concentration in Marine Biology at Saint Francis University.
Marine biologists study many aspects of marine life from plankton to whales and tropical corals to deep-sea crabs. They investigate these animals from the molecular level through the entire ecosystem. They study the effects of human activity on oceans and develop conservation plans to protect marine life. Biology majors at SFU who have a passion to study the oceans' biodiversity can pursue a Marine Biology Concentration as part of their degree path.
study abroad and gain hands-on experience in marine biology
earn a Biological Diving Minor to expand your skills
pursue a challenging career in marine research, conservation, resource management, or marine policy
Experience a hands-on education in marine biology!
Take hands-on courses in marine biology, oceanography, invertebrate zoology, aquarium maintenance, field biology, and unique scuba diving courses such as coral reef ecology and research diver methods. Plus engage firsthand with oceanic ecosystems through class trips working alongside marine biology faculty.
The Marine Biology Concentration
Broadly explore marine biology in your first two years and then spend the last two years preparing for careers as field biologists, coral reef ecologists, fisheries biologists, aquaculturists, etc., or getting ready for graduate school.
Biology, B.S. with a concentration in Marine Biology
Many students in the Marine Biology concentration add on additional specialization through a Biological Diving minor, a second concentration in Ecology & Environmental Biology, or double majoring in Biology and Aquarium and Zoo Sciences.
Biological Diving Minor
- This minor is highly recommended for Marine Biology students as well as Aquarium and Zoo Science students but is open to all majors.
- Combine your training in marine science and field biology with advanced study in SCUBA techniques.
- Learn to scuba dive by completing lectures, pool sessions, and open water training dives.
- Upon completion receive internationally-recognized certifications from Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
Career Outlook in Marine Biology
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 academia.
US Bureau of Labor Statistics outlook for life, physical, and social science occupations:
The US BLS projects stable growth in life, physical, and social science occupations through 2030. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in biomedical research, psychology, and environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth. The median annual wage for life, physical, and social science occupations was $69,760 in May 2020, which was higher than the median wage for all occupations of $41,950.
- Zoologist and Wildlife Biologists, $66k
- Environmental Scientists and Specialists, $73k
- Conservation Scientists and Foresters, $64k
- Biochemists and Biophysicists, $94k
- Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers, $92k
- Microbiologists, $84k
- Animal Care and Service Workers, $26k
- Postsecondary Teachers