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Marine Biology

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Marine Biology

Why Study Marine Biology?

Marine Biology is the study of marine life and ecosystems. Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface and include diverse habitats such as coral reefs, seagrass meadows, kelp forests, estuaries and open ocean. Students in this program take elective courses focusing on key marine fauna, biological aspects of the coastal plains, estuaries, and barrier islands of Mississippi. These learning experiences are enhanced by field studies that stress practical experience with laboratory techniques.

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100+Marine Biology Majors
10Credits taken on Gulf Coast
 Numerous Research Opportunities

What Will I Learn?

The Marine Biology curriculum emphasizes a foundation in biological sciences, physical sciences (chemistry, physics) the first two years. After the foundational Marine Biology course, students select from electives including 10 hours of field intensive courses taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. Other electives are tailored to fit specific career goals (e.g., conservation biology, biological oceanography). Laboratories are designed to train students with skills to be more competitive in the job market, or prepare them for post graduate studies.

Marine Biology Faculty

Our marine-oriented faculty teach and do research on a variety marine systems including estuaries, barrier islands, open ocean, seagrass meadows, and salt marshes. The proximity of the Gulf of Mexico allows our faculty to have many unique teaching and research opportunities that translate into unique pathways of learning for our students.


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Marine Biology BSGulf Park, Hattiesburg

Contact Us

School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences

103 Bobby Chain Technology Center (TEC) 
118 College Dr. #5018
Hattiesburg, MS 39406


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  • Teaching High Schools and Colleges
  • State and Federal Government
  • Marine Environmental Consulting
  • Non Governmental Organizations
  • Savannah Michaelsen, 2014, 
    Fisheries Biologist, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Kaitlyn Witlicki, 2015, 
    Veterinary Technician, North Florida Animal Hospital
  • Chris Lapniewski, 2015,
    Research Technician Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
  • Ryan Lehman, 2016, 
    M.S. Graduate Program at USM
  • Crysta Lorenz, 2015, 
    Marine Mammal Professional Intern, Walt Disney Corporation