Marine Biology Colleges

Are you interested in learning more about marine biology colleges?  Students who major in marine biology focus their studies on organisms that live in marine bodies of water.  Marine biology colleges are typically located near the ocean so that students can gain practical experience.

The marine biology major is offered at the bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. level.  Prior to considering marine biology colleges, students must remember that in order to perform independent research, marine biologists are first required to earn a Ph.D. degree.  So if you are not interested in obtaining a Ph.D., maybe you should reconsider your interest in marine biology colleges.

Many marine biology colleges or colleges that are more science focused, allow students to earn a certificate in marine biology, along with their bachelor’s degree (usually in biological science).  A marine biology certificate is usually recommended if the college doesn’t offer a marine biology major.

Marine biology colleges generally offer courses and labs in the following areas: physics, chemistry, marine botany, geology, aquatic pollution biology, oceanography, microbiology, and animal physiology.

Selecting Marine Biology Colleges

When researching marine biology colleges, students should evaluate the equipment that the college provides, as well as the lab facilities and clinical ocean exploratory opportunities.  Some marine biology colleges have aquariums located on campus for marine observations, while other marine biology colleges allow students to tailor their own independent research projects.

Getting Accepted to Marine Biology Colleges

Some of the common admissions requirements for marine biology colleges include advanced high school courses in biology, chemistry, physics, calculus, and English composition; minimum 3.0 grade point average, above average ACT/SAT test scores, and involvement in volunteer or extracurricular activities related to science.  As previously mentioned, most marine biologists go on to obtain advanced degrees.  Therefore, those high school students who choose to attend marine biology colleges should plan their course work accordingly.

Marine Biology Colleges by Student Enrollment

Below is a list of 20 marine biology colleges by student enrollment:

1. Florida International University – 38,759 Students (4-year, Public)

2. Florida State University – 38,682 Students (4-year, Public)

3. University of California-Los Angeles – 38,220 Students (4-year, Public)

4. California State University-Long Beach – 37,891 Students (4-year, Public)

5. Rutgers University-New Brunswick – 36,041 Students (4-year, Public)

6. University of Georgia – 34,180 Students (4-year, Public)

7. University of Southern California – 33,747 Students (4-year, Private not-for-profit)

8. San Jose State University – 32,746 Students (4-year, Public)

9. Boston University – 31,766 Students (4-year, Private, not-for-profit)

10. San Francisco State University – 30,014 Students (4-year, Public)

11. Nova Southeastern University – 28,378 Students (4-year, Private not-for-profit)

12. Troy University – 28,303 Students (4-year, Public)

13. University of California-San Diego – 27,520 Students (4-year, Public)

14. University of South Carolina-Columbia – 27,488 Students (4-year, Public)

15. The University of Alabama -27,014 Students (4-year, Public)

16. Northeastern University – 25,837 Students (4-year, Private not-for-profit)

17. Auburn University Main Campus – 24,530 Students (4-year, Public)

18. University of Connecticut – 24,273 Students (4-year, Public)

19. Stony Brook University – 23,991 Students (4-year, Public)

20. University of California-Santa Barbara – 21,868 Students (4-year, Public)

*For more information about these marine biology colleges, visit each school’s website directly.

Marine Biology Colleges – Career Options

Some of the more common careers that students who graduate from marine biology colleges choose include the following: Marine Conservation Consultant, Aquarium Manager, Aquatic Researcher, Wetland Environmental Preservationist, Government Research Centers, Marine Conservation Organization, University Research Centers, and Environmental Preservation Groups…just to name a few.

Marine Biology Colleges – Employment Outlook & Salary

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, students who graduate from marine biology colleges should expect the competition to be tough for marine biology careers due to the small number of positions available.

If a position is secured, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary of students who graduate from marine biology colleges is approximately $76,000.  Keep in mind that this is the “median” salary, not the starting salary.

I hope this information about marine biology colleges was helpful.  Good luck with your college research process.

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