Much like a botanist who enjoys identifying different plant life while on a hike, a marine biologist loves to spend time in the ocean interacting with marine organisms in their natural habitat.
As a Marine Biology major, you’ll take courses on marine species’ physiology, behaviors, and interactions. With global populations increasing, societies face mounting issues, such as the ability to meet our growing food and water demands. Marine biologists research ways to help sustain these basic needs while safeguarding sea residents so they aren’t adversely affected.
Human activities, such as ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, impact marine life. Your work as a marine biologist is to ensure the preservation and protection of marine animals by developing ways to minimize and prevent the harmful effects people and businesses have on marine life.
What does a Marine Biology major study?
- Molecular Biology
- Marine Ecology
- Invertebrate Zoology
- Marine Botany
- Fisheries Ecology
- Tropical Marine Biology
What can I do with a Marine Biology degree?
A Marine Biology major will enable to you investigate areas of interest to you. With a Marine Biology degree, you may be the perfect candidate for one (or more) of the following career opportunities:
- Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
- Biological Technicians
- Environmental Restoration Planners
- Environmental Scientists and Specialists
- Conservation Scientists
Specializations for a Marine Biology major:
- Marine Fisheries
- Stream Ecology
- Forest Wildlife Management
What are the requirements for a Marine Biology degree?
You’ll select core and advanced elective classes to meet your credit requirements. Research or field experience will give you real-world exposure to the wonders and challenges of marine life. For additional guidance throughout your studies, meet with your academic advisor.