Marine Biology

B.S. in Marine Biology 

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


Summer Programs

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