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Biology: Marine Biology


This option is designed for the student who is preparing to do graduate work in this area or seek full-time employment in this field. Employment may be found with national and state conservation and resource management agencies, park services, environmental consulting agencies, and zoological parks, among others. This option includes course work to be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) or another comparable institution.

What You'll Do

  • Meet one-on-one, with their advisor, Dr. Michael Taylor or Dr. Timothy Judd, each semester to assess their progress in the program and toward their post-graduation goals.
  • Take a core of courses that will prepare them for any area of biology.
  • Take rigorous coursework in marine biology, marine ecology, invertebrate zoology and animal biology, which will prepare them for advanced study or employment.
  • Select additional option courses in plant biology or microbiology, aquatic ecology, management of wildlife populations, ichthyology, conservation biology and more.
  • Take at least one course at a marine laboratory such as the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
  • Be required to complete 80 hours of experiential learning, usually in field studies or internships.
  • Complete additional course work in oceanography, physics, organic chemistry and calculus in order to qualify them for employment.
  • Attend classes in the newly renovated Magill Hall furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Have access to the Miller Reserve Wetlands Restoration project, the Kelso Wildlife Sanctuary and the Reis Biological Research Station.

What You'll Study

  • BI163 Evolution & Ecology
  • GO320 Oceanography
  • BI434 Marine Evolutionary Ecology
  • ZO310 Animal Biology

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Aquarium Technician
  • Biological Oceanographer
  • Conservation Agent
  • Field Technician
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Marine Biologist
  • Marine Fisheries Biologist
  • Marine Mammal Trainer
  • Park Service Naturalist

Graduate School Opportunities

  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • Miami Seaquarium


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