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Marine Biology (B.S.)

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost $10,469 per semester

The Marine Biology Degree is a science specialization in marine based biological organisms and ecology.  Offered by the Department of Biology, the Marine Biology program is built on the foundation of the B.S. Biology degree but includes additional science courses necessary for a strong marine biology degree.

Students entering this dynamic field can expect to become involved directly in addressing some of the significant problems related to human impact on critical marine environments. This comprehensive major is designed to meet the needs of students who desire a broadly based education in preparation for field/laboratory careers in such areas as applied marine biology, marine ecology, graduate programs, government service, teaching, and private industry/consulting.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Research Project

Application procedure

The application portal for Ave Maria University can be accessed here

Grant opportunities

AMU offers an abundance of scholarships donated by generous donors. These may be granted based on need, academic qualifications and other external factors as mandated by the donors. It is recommended that students complete the scholarship application immediately upon admission as most scholarships are limited and are awarded on a first come first served basis.


Information about available scholarships and the application portal can be found here

Learning outcomes

Students will comprehend some of the significant problems related to human impact on the Marine environment.

Upon Graduation:

Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of marine related problems and possible solutions

Outcome 2: Students will have an understanding of laboratory and field experimentation and different sampling techniques in marine environments.

Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate proficiency in understanding and use of the scientific literature as a tool for research and scholarship.

Outcome 4: Students will gain experience performing original scientific research in Marine Biology.

Outcome 5: Students will demonstrate a foundation in critical thinking skills related to the sciences, including the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, critical analysis of experimental data, and communication of results (oral and written).

Outcome 6: Students will be able to comprehend and understand significant marine issues currently impacting society.

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Project management
Physical and chemical oceanography