Marine Biology Degree

The marine biology major is designed for students who wish to prepare for positions in the area of marine or aquatic biology or who plan to pursue Master's degrees or Ph.D.s in these fields. The standard courses for the major are offered on the university campus, with specialized courses, such as Marine Botany, Marine Vertebrate Zoology, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, and Marine Ecology, being taken on site at the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory (DISL) near Mobile, Alabama. Students interested in this major should consult early with our DISL Liaison (Dr. Emily Kasl; concerning courses, prerequisites, special arrangements, and additional costs. Requirements for the major include additional coursework in mathematics through calculus and physics. There are several option blocks of courses to choose from depending upon your intent with the degree.
Students who earn a Bachelor's degree in marine biology can find employment in the field, but if you wish to advance your career, you will need additional education (Master's or Ph.D.).