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Marine Biology Concentration

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost $37.400 USD

The ocean covers nearly three-quarters of the earth’s surface, and its unfathomable expanse is home to millions of organisms large and small—from microbes to plants to fish and mammals. What happens in the water impacts the land and air, too, meaning marine and environmental science are closely connected. Whether you plan to wade in tidal pools and wetlands or dive deep into the ocean, a marine biology concentration is the place to start.

Why study marine biology at Gordon?

Gordon’s location just three miles from the Atlantic Ocean allows regular excursions to research spots along Cape Ann’s rocky coastline—including the Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research site and the Great Marsh. Hop aboard Gordon’s boat (Ixthus) during our intensive Marine Biology Institute summer program, or take classes at places like the New England Aquarium through our membership in the Marine Studies Consortium. You’ll study marine organisms native to New England, and be prepared to take that knowledge to your chosen specialty within the field of marine science.

Careers in marine science are vast and varied. You’ll be equipped for graduate school in your area of focus within this broad field, and can tailor your studies to achieve your unique goals.

  • High school science teacher or college professor
  • Research specialist
  • Marine Biotechnology
  • Aquaculture
  • Environmental biology and toxicology
  • Coastal zone management
  • Marine restoration
  • Marine conservation
  • Fisheries biologist
Structural components
Summer schools
Internship/Workplace experience
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography