The undergraduate marine biology curriculum emphasizes a strong foundation in the hard sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) and in mathematics during the freshman and sophomore years. Many elective marine biology courses, typically taken during the junior and senior years, focus on biological aspects of the coastal plain environments, estuaries, and barrier islands of Mississippi. These learning experiences are enhanced by field studies of living organisms in their natural habitats. Other elective courses in the marine biology program stress practical experience with laboratory techniques.
The Department of Biological Sciences has an active program in undergraduate research and all undergraduate marine biology and biological sciences majors are encouraged to participate. Research projects, for which student receive academic credit, are carried out under the direction of BSC faculty members.
Our graduates are well qualified for entry-level (technician) positions in many areas of biological science, not just marine biology. They are also well prepared to pursue advanced degrees or to enter professional programs.
The following sites have numerous links to relevant Marine Biology Web sites:
Careers in Oceanography, Marine Science and Marine Biology
Marine Biology Web, An Educational Resource
Marine Biology Links
Advice for aspiring students about preparing for a career in marine biology:
Some Common Questions about a Marine Biology Career
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
The Society for Marine Mammalogy
The Bridge has links to science education programs for students of all ages
Employment Outlook, Opportunities and Salary Sites
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Site
Search the alphabetical list for:
- Biological and Medical Scientists
- Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
- Science Technicians
- Engineering and Natural Science Managers
ASLO Aquatic Science Career Information
Maritime Employment Opportunities
Stanford University – Hopkins Marine Station