The Marine Biology major focuses its training and experiences on the biological component of Ocean Studies. This major provides instruction in essential biology courses (biology, ecology, physiology, cell biology and genetics) as well as more specialized topics relevant to marine organisms. Graduates may pursue graduate education as well as careers in fisheries, aquaculture, environmental management, consulting, and public education.
Corning School Research
In addition to assisting faculty with ongoing research projects, all Corning School students develop and conduct an independent senior research capstone project.
Dual Degree Option
The Marine Biology & Small Vessel Operations Dual Degree enables students to complete all of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology and the requirements for an Associate of Science degree in Small Vessel Operations, as well as a US Coast Guard license as mate of vessels not more than 200 gross tons, Near Coastal (200 miles offshore). The program may be completed in 5 years and is designed for students who plan to work in the marine biology field and may need the capability to operate small vessels. For information on US Coast Guard licenses, please visit the National Maritime Center website.
Students may elect to take the AAUS Scientific Diving course, designed to acquaint certified recreational divers with multiple and practical scientific diving techniques and to qualify them to undergo scientific diving under the auspices of MMA. Students possessing a Scientific Diver Certification from AAUS have the opportunity to work with other research institutions around the world, conducting scientific explorations in varied aquatic environments.
Professional careers in marine biology and marine science encompass a wide variety of jobs. Some of the careers Ocean Studies alumni are currently employed in include: aquarist, environmental consultant, fishery biologist, high school science teacher, hydrographic survey technician, laboratory manager, marine technician, naturalist, and research assistant.
Participation in the Regiment is optional when enrolled in this major.
For a list of courses per year, by semester, see the Undergraduate Course Catalog.