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Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology (Major)

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost 2020-2021 ESTIMATED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT BUDGET - CA residents $57,52927,775 - Non residents

The focus of the MARINE BIOLOGY major is the study of marine organisms and their environment.

Students in the Marine Biology major are required to participate in the Marine Biology Quarter (MBQ). The MBQ provides the opportunity for undergraduates to live the life of a marine biologist. Under the guidance of department faculty and graduate assistants, the students design their own research projects, reside and collect data at a field station, conduct experiments to test their hypotheses, and present their work at the end of the quarter. Moreover, some of our undergraduates have had their research published in major peer-reviewed journals.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure


File a University of California Application for Admission and Scholarships. Use one application to apply to up to 9 UC campuses

Grant opportunities

UCLA is committed to helping students finance their education; the Financial Aid and Scholarships office works closely with all students who need financial assistance.[1] A financial aid award generally consists of a combination of scholarships and grant money from UCLA and other sources, low-interest loans, and a work-study job during the academic year.

Learning outcomes

The Marine Biology major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of fundamentals of ecology, behavior and evolution, or marine biology acquired through coursework
  • Development of skills in library research, data interpretation, synthesis, and scientific writing
  • Use of current primary scientific literature, including database searches, identification of appropriate sources, and reading and understanding papers
  • Understanding of key questions and hypotheses, interpretation of results and conclusions, and discrimination of quality through critique
  • Use of knowledge gained for conception and execution of student project that includes self-developed questions and hypotheses, design of appropriate theoretical or empirical/experimental approach, execution of that approach, and analysis and interpretation of data
  • Communication of original scientific work to colleagues and mentors through capstone scientific paper
  • Demonstrated communication skills through oral or poster presentation at a symposium
  • Display of strong teamwork and problem-solving skills


UCLA accepts applications from first-time freshmen and junior-level transfer students.

ISCED Categories

Physical and chemical oceanography