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Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost Visit admissions page for information about tuition and fees

Challenge Yourself in a Natural Laboratory

The Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology takes full advantage of our location on the shores of the Alexander Archipelago within the world’s largest temperate rainforest. This natural laboratory provides students with access to the ocean, freshwater lakes and streams, the intertidal habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and icefields.

Hands-on Experiences

Marine biology students learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses, with an emphasis on ongoing research projects. This program is designed for students interested in pursuing graduate study or careers in a biological or related field. Students can take these skills and apply them to real life by working on research with faculty including projects on sea otters, humpback whales, crabs, salmon, algae, and more. Study sites range from the intertidal zone to Glacier Bay to the Bering Sea.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

When to Apply

Certificate through Graduate programs admission application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester - August 15
  • Spring Semester - December 15
  • Summer Semester - May 1

Occupational Endorsement programs admission application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester - October 31
  • Spring Semester - March 1
  • Summer Semester - July 19

How to Apply

  1. Choose a degree program and major
  2. Apply online:  Apply to UAS!
  3. Pay non-refundable application fee:

$40 – Certificates, Associate degree program

$50 – Bachelor degree program

Note: All balances from any University of Alaska campus must be paid in full to be admitted into a program.

  1. Submit Official Transcripts1:

Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope or electronically from the issuing institution to be considered official. Transcripts received opened, faxed or photo copied are not official.

High School transcripts/General Education Development (GED) Certificate:  All certificate or degree seeking students with fewer than 30 semester credit hours must submit official high school or GED transcripts.

Home School transcripts:  Home-schooled students who have gone through a state certified program must submit official transcripts. Students who have not gone through a state certified program must submit GED transcripts.

College transcripts:  All certificate and degree seeking students who have an academic record from one or more post secondary institutions must arrange for their official college or university transcripts to be sent directly to UAS in a sealed envelope or electronically from the original institution(s). Transcripts from all colleges or universities must be submitted, failure to disclose all post secondary institutions where the student has an academic record will result in denied admission.

  1. Submit Test Results

Students graduating within one year of applying to a bachelor’s degree are required to submit official test results from ACT or SAT I examinations. Test scores received from ACT, CollegeBoard, or listed on official high school transcripts are considered official.

Alaska High School Students - ACT/SAT scores are required to be considered for the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS).

Grant opportunities

For information about grants visit:

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography