Marine Biology Education Resources
Various colleges and universities offer a range of degrees in marine biology and marine life science related degrees from bachelors degrees to doctorates.
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MarineBio maintains the following lists of US-based and International schools offering degrees in Marine Biology or related marine life sciences and a list of marine laboratory research facilities which often also offer graduate degree programs:
- Marine Biology Degree Programs in the US »
- International Marine Biology Degree Programs »
- Marine Biology Laboratories, Institutes & Graduate Programs »
A career in marine biology encompasses an almost infinite number of opportunities for there is much to be discovered about marine life. Research conducted by marine biologists covers a broad spectrum and can be applied to a variety of interests from conservation to commercial. There are a number of career paths to choose from, and deciding where to study marine biology is a critical step in determining which path to choose.
The Student Page at the VIMS has information for those doing a Marine Project or Report, who would like to ask a scientist a question, find out about Summer Camps or take a Marine Science Fieldtrip. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, be sure to check in the "Career/Internship/Volunteer postings" forum at the Plankton Forums. And if your question isn't already answered there, feel free to post it.
Marine Biology Career Resources
There is an enormous amount of information available online to help you plan a career in Marine Biology; however it can be quite extensive and also rather confusing. To answer some of the most common questions we receive:
Marine Biology is typically a graduate pursuit, you should first obtain an undergraduate degree in a science such as biology preferably from an institution that offers graduate-level Marine Biology programs. If your undergraduate school doesn't offer upper-level Marine Biology programs you could take summer or weekend marine-related courses or even an internship with nearby schools or marine labs.
A career in Marine Biology means you might work in a private or government lab performing research, for example, scientists in the Marine Biology Research Division at Scripps (MBRD) investigate the ecological, physiological, cellular, and biochemical characteristics of marine bacteria, plants, and animals. You might teach, work outdoors and/or underwater, or even in an office. It's most likely that you would work in a variety of environments during the course of your career.
The following are some of our favorite sites for information on careers in marine biology or marine life sciences. Take your time to review this information and you will find most of your questions answered by the incredible variety of information in these sites.
OceanCareers.com - this excellent resource for young people is a project supported by the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence. The website provides information on career opportunities, the knowledge and skills required, where education is available, potential employers, and much more.
Careers & Jobs in Marine Biology & Oceanography @ Hopkins Marine Station Of Stanford University
Also, Marine Mammalogy's Strategies For Pursuing A Career In Marine Mammal Science
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