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Marine Biology


Marine biology is the study of plants and animals that live in oceans, coastal waters, and saltwater wetlands.

Marine biology programs include topics such as:


Very few community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in marine biology. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in marine biology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in marine biology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree (usually in biology), good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A bachelor's degree program in marine biology typically requires that you study courses such as the following:

Graduate Program Courses

A graduate program in marine biology typically includes courses such as the following:

In addition, graduate programs typically require the following:

Things to Know

Some bachelor's programs offer summer lab courses. These give you experience doing research in marine settings.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Everett Community College

Highline College

Seattle University

Shoreline Community College

University of Washington - Seattle

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Tacoma Area

Tacoma Community College

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The

Western Washington University