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Marine Biology Degree Programs in the U.S. (by State)2021-05-02T08:22:15-05:00

Marine Biology Degree Programs in the U.S. (by State)

The following is our list of all U.S. schools that offer degrees in Marine Biology or related fields such as Biological Oceanography, Marine Science, Fisheries, etc.

Please note that most degrees in Marine Biology are earned at the Masters level or higher and usually require a Bachelor’s degree first in Biology, Zoology or another life science. Many schools now also offer Bachelor degrees in Marine Biology but to be a “true” Marine Biologist be sure to follow through and complete your Master’s or Doctorate (PhD) degree.

Most links open directly to each school’s marine biology program or curriculum page for your convenience (please contact us if you have any comments, changes or additions). Schools not found to offer Marine Biology degrees but that do offer degrees thought to be roughly similar to Marine Biology, are denoted with brackets, such as [Marine Science] or [Biological Oceanography]. Also note that BS and MS or PhD below may be linked separately to their specific program or department sites.

To determine which school is right for you, you may want to consult the current rankings: [visit this link], but be forewarned that they are not always the best indicator of the “best” school. It is often better to make your own assessment based on the school’s curricula, the experience of its faculty, and laboratory facilities for hands-on experience.

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Alabama

Alabama State University BS [Marine Biology]
Auburn University [Marine Biology] BS [MS/PhD]Samford University [Marine Science] BS, [Environmental Management] MS
University of Alabama [Marine Science/Biology] BS, [Marine Science] MS
University of North Alabama [Marine Biology] BA, BS
University of South Alabama [Biology – Marine Biology Concentration] BS, [Marine Science] MS, PhD
University of West Alabama [Marine Biology] BS, [Conservation Biology] MS

Alaska

Alaska Pacific University [Marine Biology] BA, BS
University of Alaska Fairbanks [Fisheries] BA, [Fisheries or Ocean Sciences] BS, [Marine Biology] MS, PhD
University of Alaska Southeast [Marine Biology, Fisheries & Ocean Sciences: Fisheries Science] BS

California

California Lutheran University [Biology Major focusing on research in marine biology] BA, BS
California State University, Long Beach BS, MS/PhD
California State University Monterey Bay [Marine Science] BS. MS
California State University (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories) [Marine Science] MS
Humboldt State University [Biology with Marine Biology Major Concentration] BS, MS
San Diego State University [Ecology, Evolutionary Biology] BS, MS, PhD
San Francisco State University [Marine Science] BS
San Jose State University [Biology: Marine Biology concentration] BS
Sonoma State University [Biology with concentration in Marine Biology] BS, [Biology with concentrations such as Marine Ecology] MS
Stanford University/Hopkins Marine Station (undergraduate/graduate studies)
University of California Berkeley [Marine Science] BA, [Integrative Biology] BA, [Integrative Biology] PhD
University of California Los Angeles [Marine Biology] BS? [Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with Marine Biology specialization] MS, PhD
University of California Santa Barbara [Aquatic Biology, Biology, Zoology, etc.] BA/BS, [Marine Science] MS, PhD
University of California Santa Cruz [Marine Biology] BS, [Ocean Sciences: Biological Oceanography pathway] MS, PhD
University of California San Diego/Scripps Institution of Oceanography [Marine Biology] BS, [Marine Biodiversity and Conservation] MS, PhD
University of San Diego [Environmental and Ocean Sciences with marine ecology pathway] BA, [Environmental and Ocean Sciences] MS
University of Southern California Dornsife [Marine Biology] Minor, Progressive Masters in Marine and Environmental Biology, MS, [Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, Ocean Sciences] PhDs

Connecticut

University of New Haven [Marine Biology] BS
University of Connecticut [Marine Sciences + Marine Biology Minor] BA, BS, [Graduate Studies in Biological Oceanography]

Florida

Ave Maria University [Marine Biology] BS
Barry University [Biology (BS) Marine Biology concentration]
Eckerd College [Marine Science with Marine Biology track] BS
Florida Atlantic University [Biology] BS, [Marine Science & Oceanography] MS, [Biology] MS, [Marine Science & Oceanography] PhD
Florida Institute of Technology [Marine Biology] BS, [Marine Biology] MS, PhD
Florida International University [Marine Biology] BS, [Biology] MS, PhD
Florida State University [Biology with Marine Biology track] BA/BS, [Biology] MS, PhD
Jacksonville University [Marine Science] BS?, [Marine Science] MS, MA
Nova Southeastern University [Marine Biology] BS, [Marine Science] MS, [Marine Biology/Oceanography] PhD
Rollins College [Marine Biology] BS?
Stetson University [Aquatic and Marine Biology] BS
University of Florida [Marine Sciences] BA/BA? [Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences] MS, MFAS, PhD
University of Miami: Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science [Marine Biology & Ecology] BS, MS, PhD
University of Florida [Marine Sciences] BA/BA? [Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences] MS, MFAS, PhD
University of South Florida [Marine Biology] BS, [Marine Science] MS, PhD
University of Tampa [Marine Science/Biology (double major)] BS
University of West Florida [Marine Biology] BS, [Biology: Marine Biology expertise] MS

Georgia

Savannah State University [Marine Science] BS, MS
University of Georgia [Marine Sciences] BS, [Research or Applied Marine Studies tracks] MS, [Biological, chemical, or physical oceanography] PhD, [Marine Sciences] PhD

Guam

University of Guam [Biology] BS, MSMarine Laboratory | Houk Lab

Hawaii

Hawai’i Pacific University [Marine Biology] BS, [Oceanography] BS, [Marine Science] MS
University of Hawai’i at Hilo [Marine Science] BA, BS, [Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science] MS
University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa [Marine Biology] BS, MS, PhD

Kansas

Southwestern College [Marine Biology] BS

Louisiana

Nicholls State University [Biology with Marine Biology concentration] BS, [Marine and Environmental Biology] MS

Maine

Maine Maritime Academy [Marine Biology] BS
Unity College [Marine Biology] BS
University of Maine [Marine Science + concentrations in Aquaculture or Oceanography] BS, [Marine Biology] MS, PhD
University of Maine at Machias [Marine Biology] BS
University of New England [Marine Sciences with Marine Biology track] BS, [Marine Sciences] MS

Maryland

University of Maryland [Biology] BS, [Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences] MS, PhD

Massachusetts

Boston University [Marine Science] BA, [Marine Biology Program] MA, PhD
Northeastern University [Marine Biology] BS[Marine Biology] MS
Salem State College [Biology with Marine Biology concentration] BS
Suffolk University [Biology with Marine Science concentration] BA, BS
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth [Biology with Marine Biology option] BS, [Marine Science] MS, PhD
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Undergraduate Programs, Graduate Programs, Postdoctoral Programs

Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi [Marine Biology] BS, [Marine Science] BS, MS, PhD

Missouri

Northwest Missouri State University [Marine Biology] BS

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire [Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Biology] BS, [Marine Biology] MS, PhD

New Jersey

Fairleigh Dickinson University [Marine Biology] BS, [Biology] MS
Rutgers State University [Marine Science with Marine Biology/Biological Oceanography option] BS, [Oceanography] MS, PhD

New York

Cornell University – [Ecology and Evolutionary Biology] BS, [Ecology and Evolutionary Biology] MS, PhD
Hofstra University [Biology with Marine Biology track] BS
State University of New York – Stony Brook [Marine Sciences] BS, [Marine Vertebrate Biology] BS, [Marine Sciences (Marine Conservation and Policy, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences) tracks] MA, MS, PhD
State University of New York – Stony Brook University [Marine Sciences, Marine Vertebrate Biology BS], [Marine Science track – Oceanography] MS, PhD

North Carolina

Duke University [Biology with Marine Biology concentration] BA/BS, [Biology] MS, PhD
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill [Biology with minor in Marine Sciences] BS, [Marine Sciences with specialization in Marine Biology/Ecology] MS, PhD
University of North Carolina Wilmington [Marine Biology] BS, [Marine Biology] MS, PhD

Ohio

Bowling Green State University [Marine and Aquatic Biology BS], [Biology] MS, PhD
Ohio University [Marine, Freshwater, and Environmental Biology] BS, [Biology] MS, [Biology] PhD
Wittenberg University [Biology with Minor in Marine Science] BA, BS

Oregon

University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology BA, BS, MS, PhD
Oregon State University [Biology with Marine Biology option] BS, [Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences] BS, HBS, [Marine Resource Management] MA, MS, [Fisheries Science] BS, MS, PhD, MAIS

Pennsylvania

East Stroudsburg University [Marine Science] BS, [Biology] MS
Millersville University [Biology w/ Marine Biology option] BS

Rhode Island

Brown University [Biology], Graduate Programs
Roger Williams University [Marine Biology] BA, BS
University of Rhode Island [Marine Biology] BS, [Biological and Environmental Sciences – specialization: Evolution and Marine Biology] MS, PhD, [Marine Affairs] MA, PhD

South Carolina

Coastal Carolina University [Marine Science] BS, [Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies] MS
College of Charleston – Grice Marine Laboratory [Marine Biology] BS, MS
University of South Carolina [Marine Science] BS, MS, PhD
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Texas

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi [Biology w/ Marine Biology career track] BS, MS, PhD
Texas A&M University Galveston [Marine Biology, Marine Fisheries] BS, IDP, MS, PhD
Texas State [Aquatic Biology] BS, [Aquatic Resources] MS, [Aquatic Resources] PhD
University of Texas at Austin – Marine Science Institute [Biology: Marine and Freshwater Science] BS, [Marine Science] MS, PhD

U.S. Virgin Islands

University of the Virgin Islands – BA, BS, Master of Marine and Environmental Science Program (MMES)

Virginia

College of William and Mary [Marine Science minor], [Marine Science] MS, PhD (Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS))
Hampton University [Marine and Environmental Science] BS
Old Dominion University [Marine Biology] BS, [Ocean and Earth Sciences] MS, [Oceanography] PhD

Washington

Seattle Pacific University [Biology with emphasis in ecology] BS
University of Washington [Marine Biology] BS, [Oceanography with biological oceanography specialization] MS, PhD
Western Washington University [Biology with marine emphasis] BS, [Biology, Marine and Estuarine Science] MS

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Superior [Biology with Ecology, Aquatic Biology and Fishery Science focus] BS
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater [Marine & Freshwater Aquatic Biology Emphasis] BS

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