Marine biology encompasses the study of living organisms in the ocean or other marine or brackish bodies of water. Because marine organisms play an important role in sustaining life on earth, and because of the diverse habitats studied by marine biologists, concentrators must study broadly in the basic sciences and become familiar with the varied research techniques in the field. Consequently, students begin their learning with foundational courses in biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Subsequent coursework in the concentration exposes students to a range of topics in biology (e.g., Invertebrate Zoology, Ecology, Physiology, Conservation) and courses in other sciences, including geological sciences, computer science, and engineering. Students are encouraged to spend a summer or semester conducting research at a field station. The field experience is a key feature of this program and provides scholarly interaction with leaders in the field so that students are mentored at the cutting edge.
Here's what concentrators from the class of 2012 reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.
- Math and Science Teacher, Wheeler School
- Research Assistant, Brown University - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Veterinary Assistant, Banfield Pet Hostpital
- California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, MS, Marine Ecology
- Stanford University, PhD, Biology