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Bachelor of Science in Marine Science-Biology Degree

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost $14,401 semester charge for full-time undergraduates

The Marine Science Biology degree is one of the defining degrees at The University of Tampa and a pivotal double major to the Department of Biology. Drawing from general biological principles and very specific marine-related issues, the course of study includes substantial exposure to biological, chemical and physical aspects of marine science. Courses are geared towards experiential learning, with rich lab experiences, weekend field trips to remote locations like the Florida Keys, and even international travel courses.

Moreover, nearly half of the biology faculty is conducting research on marine organisms or systems, providing numerous opportunities for student research and other real-world experiences. Students graduating with this degree are exceptionally well prepared to enter the job market or to pursue graduate training in any specific field of marine science, from basic to applied.

Because this is one of UT’s most prominent degrees, a vast array of facilities and equipment is available to faculty and students for course work, experiential learning, and faculty-led research. The Marine Science Field Station has both a wet-lab and a dry-lab as well as direct access to Tampa Bay. Along with canoes, kayaks, and other equipment, four different powered research vessels are available at the station, including a 17-foot outboard boat on a trailer, two beautiful Grady White boats (21-foot center console and 27-foot with an enclosed bow), and the BIOS II, a 46-foot, comfortable, stable, scuba-ready research vessel.

Structural components
Ship training
International component
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

Information and access to the application portal can be found here

Grant opportunities

UT offers generous scholarships and grants based on academic achievement, talent and financial need. The following programs are available to new undergraduates only. All institutional grants and scholarships are available in the fall and spring semesters and require full-time enrollment, unless otherwise noted. Institutional scholarships and grants are a reduction on UT's full-time undergraduate tuition rate. Students must be assessed the full-time undergraduate tuition rate for the terms in which they seek to receive institutional scholarships and grants. Annual scholarship and grant award amounts are divided evenly between the fall and spring semesters only. Scholarships are renewable annually and require a minimum GPA be maintained; see Financial Aid Renewal for more information. 

Students enrolled in a 4+1 program (where they graduate in five years with both a bachelor's and master's degree) may receive institutional scholarships up to the term in which they are admitted into the graduate program, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.

Although most aid programs are available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, UT does offer partial scholarships to academically exceptional international students. Learn more.

NOTE: Eligibility is based on a sliding scale combining GPA and test scores available at the time of admission. SAT scores are combined critical reading and math scores only. ACT scores are composite scores. Scholarship funds are limited and amounts may change.


More information about grant and scholarship opportunities can be found here

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Project management
Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography