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Marine Biology


Students pursing a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology: Marine Biology will study the ecology and biology of marine organisms.

Marine Biology focuses on how marine organisms interact with each other and their environment. It explores a diverse range of topics spanning from ecology and conservation to physiological and molecular adaptions to the ocean environment. Students will develop a solid foundation in the fundamental biological principles before specializing in marine biology. Our faculty’s research interests in Marine Biology span molecular and cellular approaches to ecological interactions and physiological specializations and behavior.

Courses emphasize hands-on experience with methods in field and analytical techniques, experimental design, molecular approaches, and statistical analyses. Students will have an opportunity to work both in the laboratory and in nearby coastal and offshore environments. Our campus offers easy access to a wide variety of marine habitats on the South Coast of Massachusetts. Our Marine Biology courses emphasize a diversity of ecological and evolutionary topics including the study of marine fishes, invertebrates, mammals, and microbes, as well as marine science and oceanography. Students also may pursue independent research projects under faculty supervision. A focus in Marine Biology is highly recommended for students planning to pursue graduate study in this field.

Course Requirements

  • 2-year Biology core
  • BIO314 General Ecology
  • BIO316 Descriptive Oceanography
  • BIO430 Biostatistics                                                                                                                         
  • Two marine courses from the Taxon-Specific Group
  • BIO499 Capstone Seminar
  • One additional 300+ Biology Elective

Career Opportunities

  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Fisheries Observer
  • Research Assistant in Industry
  • Research Technician in Academia
  • Environmental Educator
  • Project Manager
  • Aquaculture Technician
  • Natural Resource Biologist

Sample Employers

  • Government Agencies (NOAA, Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Marine Fisheries, Department of Public Health)
  • Universities and Research Institutes
  • Fishery Observer Programs
  • Environmental Consulting Companies
  • Zoos and Wildlife Conservation Centers
  • Non-Profit Organizations
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