Marine Biology

Degree:Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Major:Marine Biology
Department:Building 58C, Room 104
(850) 474-2748
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:26.1302
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The University of West Florida is one of only a few institutions in the United States which offers a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. The program is provided through the Department of Biology. The curriculum includes a series of seven core courses fundamental to all areas of biology. Elective courses emphasize theoretical and practical aspects of aquatic/marine biology. Wetlands and estuarine marshes of the main campus, as well as the nearby Santa Rosa Island campus and the Gulf of Mexico, provide living specimens for study and serve as laboratories supporting elective courses. Graduates may seek careers in marine biology, fisheries management, aquaculture, pollution biology, and marine toxicology, and find employment in local, state, and federal departments of environmental regulation and education, as well as the private sector. Graduates are also well prepared to pursue advanced degrees. Prospective students need to be aware that some biology lab courses involve the use of live animals; students may wish to seek details from course instructors before enrolling.

Program Requirements

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the B.S. in Marine Biology must meet the requirements listed below.

Minimum grade of "C-" or better is required in all courses in the program including Major-Related, Elective and Common Prerequisites. 

Consult with your academic advisor for courses which may satisfy both the General Education requirements and common prerequisites.