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Aquatic and Marine Biology

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost $49,140 per year

As a Stetson aquatic and marine biology student, you will gain hands-on experience through an external internship and your senior research project.

Our aquatic and marine biology program provides you with a scientific understanding of life in both aquatic (freshwater) and marine (saltwater) environments. Senior research projects in this field have included studies of lateral line development in salamanders, the nesting ecology of freshwater and sea turtles, the impact of artificial reef design on fish abundance, the population biology of an endangered species of snail, spring fish ecology and manatee distribution and mortality.

With a major in aquatic and marine biology, you may also take advantage of Stetson's membership in the Marine Science Education Consortium for a summer or semester of study at the Duke University Marine Laboratory.

Structural components
Industry partners
Summer schools
Internship/Workplace experience
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

Stetson University operates with early action deadlines on November 1 (Early Action I), January 15 (Early Action II) and March 1 (Regular Decision). After March 1, Stetson will operate on rolling admission, so it's best to apply as early as possible. You must complete the application for admission and submit the required supporting materials to be considered for admission to Stetson University. You are encouraged to consider the priority application date for your program of interest. The deadline for most Stetson University scholarships is February 15. To apply you may use one of the applications below, the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

Grant opportunities

Information and a list of scholarships available from Stetson University can be found here

Learning outcomes

Alongside a mastery of knowledge concerning aquatic and marine biology, you will also gain vital skills such as critical thinking, communication skills and field work capability. These skill sets will set you up for rewarding careers in multiple fields.

As a Stetson graduate of aquatic and marine biology, you will be prepared for roles such as 

  • Graduate student (masters in marine science, shark biology, fisheries science; veterinary school; pharmacy school)
  • Education and restoration specialist
  • Teacher
  • County environmental manager
  • Lab technician (water quality, DNA analyst)
  • Fisheries biologist

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Project management
Physical and chemical oceanography