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Marine Biology Degree Programs in the U.S.

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.

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To determine which school is right for you, you may want to consult the current rankings: [link 1][link 2], 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 State University BS
Auburn University BS
Samford University [Marine Science] BS
Tuskegee University BS
University of Alabama [Marine Science] BS, MMS
University of North Alabama BS
University of South Alabama MS, PhD [Marine Science]
University of West Alabama BS


Alaska Pacific University BA, BS
University of Alaska Fairbanks [Fisheries] BA, BS, MS, PhD
University of Alaska Southeast BS


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


University of New Haven BS
University of Connecticut [Marine Biology Minor], [Biological Oceanography] MS, PhD


Barry University [Biology: Marine Biology concentration]
Eckerd College [Marine Science with Marine Biology track] BS
Florida Atlantic University [Biology with Marine Biology emphasis] BS, MS
Florida Institute of Technology BS, MS, [Biological Oceanography] MS, PhD
Florida International University BS, MS?/PhD?
Florida State University [Biology with Marine Biology track] BA/BS, MS?/PhD?
Jacksonville University [Marine Science] BS?
Nova Southeastern University BS, MS
Rollins College [Marine Biology] BS?
Stetson University [Aquatic and Marine Biology] BS
University of Florida [Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences] MS, PhD
University of Miami: Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science [Marine Affairs] BA, [Marine and Atmospheric Science: marine science + biology /chemistry /geology /physics or /computer science (dbl major)] BS, MA, MS, PhD
Scripps Research Institute: Florida
University of North Florida [Coastal Biology] BS
University of South Florida [Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics prep] BS, [Marine Science with concentrations in Biological Oceanography and Marine Resource Assessment] MS, PhD
University of Tampa [Marine Science/Biology (double major)] BS
University of West Florida BS, [Biology: Marine Biology specialization] MS


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


University of Guam - BA/MS Biology - The Marine Laboratory


Hawai'i Pacific University 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 Manoa BS


Southwestern College BS


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


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


University of Maryland [Biology, Ecology & Evolution, etc.] BS, [Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences] MS, PhD


Boston University [Marine Science] BA, [Marine Biology Program] MA, PhD
Hampshire College [marine science "area of study" - not on diploma] BA
Harvard University [Organismic and Evolutionary Biology with a Marine Biology & Biological Oceanography "designated pathway"] BS?, [Organismic and Evolutionary Biology] MA/PhD
Salem State College [Biology with Marine Biology concentration] BS
Suffolk University [Biology with Marine Science courses (Marine Science Program)] BS?
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth [Biology with Marine Biology track] BS, MS, [Marine Science] PhD
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Undergraduate Programs, Graduate Programs, Postdoctoral Programs


University of Southern Mississippi BS, MS, PhD (Dept. of Biological Sciences Graduate Program)
University of Southern Mississippi [Marine Science] BS, MS, PhD


Northwest Missouri State University BS

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire - Marine Program [Biology: Marine and Freshwater Biology option] BS, [Marine Sciences, see degree programs offered] MS, PhD

New Jersey

Fairleigh Dickinson University BS, [Biology] MS or [Systems Science w/ concentration in environmental studies] MS
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey [Marine Science w/ Marine Biology track] BS
Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences [Marine Science] BS?, [Oceanography] MS, PhD

New York

Cornell University - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology BS, Ecology or Evolutionary Biology MS and PhDs with Marine Biology concentration at Shoals Marine Laboratory
Hofstra University [Biology with Marine Biology track] BA, BS, [Biology with Marine Biology concentration] MA, MS
State University of New York - Stony Brook Southampton [BS Marine Sciences] [BS Marine Vertebrate Biology]
State University of New York - Stony Brook [BS Marine Sciences] [BS Marine Vertebrate Biology], [Marine Sciences track] MS, PhD

North Carolina

Duke University [Biology with Marine Biology concentration] BA, BS? [Marine Science and Conservation] 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 BS, [Biology/Marine Biology] MS, PhD


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


University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology BA, BS, MS, PhD
Oregon State University [Biology with Marine Biology/Marine Science option] BS, [Fisheries & Wildlife Science] BS, MS, PhD, College of Oceanic Atmospheric Sciences [Biological Oceanography] MS, PhD, [Marine Resource Management] MA, MS + BS [Fisheries and Wildlife Science]: Online


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

Rhode Island

Brown University ScB, Graduate Program/MBL Partnership
Roger Williams University BA, BS
University of Rhode Island BS, MS, PhD, [Animal Science, Animal Health and Disease, Aquaculture; Fisheries, and Aquatic Pathology specializations] MS, [Environmental Sciences with specializations in Animal Science, Fisheries Science, Aquacultural Science and Aquatic Pathology] PhD

South Carolina

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


Texas A&M University Corpus Christi [Biology w/ Marine Biology track] BS, MS, PhD, [Fisheries & Mariculture] MS
Texas A&M University Galveston BS, MS
Texas State BS/BA [Aquatic Biology, Microbiology, Wildlife Management], MS/PhD [Population and Conservation Biology/Aquatic Resources]
University of Texas at Austin - Marine Science Institute [Marine/Freshwater Bio] BS, [Marine Science] MS, PhD

Texas A&M Clipper ship


College of William and Mary [Marine Science] MS, PhD
Hampton University [Marine and Environmental Science] BS
Old Dominion University [Ocean and Earth Science with oceanography emphasis] BS, MS, [Oceanography] PhD


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


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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