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Marine Biology Concentration

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost $572 per credit

Suffolk University's biology major is especially collaborative and career-focused. Many of your classes will have fewer than 20 students, and you'll benefit from your professors' individual attention, thanks to our low faculty-to-student ratio.

At Suffolk, you can earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Biology, depending on your area of focus. You’ll begin with a well-rounded assortment of courses in both the lab and classroom focusing on evolution, genetics, ecology, bioethics, and physiology. If you have a specific professional interest, you might choose one of our three concentration options.

You can also join The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and the Health Careers Club, which provides faculty-guided research opportunities to give you hands-on experience in the lab and field. The Arthur J. West Alumni Seminar Series allows you to network with and learn from alumni healthcare leaders. Suffolk is also home to the Chi Kappa chapter of the National Biological Honor Society.


Marine Concentration

This concentration prepares you for a career as a marine biologist, conservationist, zoologist, and other fields related to ecology. It is immersive and features courses taught through the Marine Studies Consortium (MSC), a collaborative organization of 16 local institutions. Locations include the New England Aquarium and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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

Application procedure

Freshman applicants are currently in high school or have graduated from high school, but are not enrolled in a regular session at a college or university. If you've completed college courses during high school including, but not limited to Dual Enrollment, AP credits or IB credits, you're still considered a freshman applicant.

You can apply to Suffolk via the Common Applicationapply through Suffolk's portal, or download the Common Application [PDF]. Other items needed to complete your application include:

  • Essay/Personal Statement
  • Official high school transcript or GED/HiSET results
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Application fee or fee waiver (application fee waived if you come for a campus visit)
  • SAT or ACT scores
    • Students may send self-reported SAT and ACT scores. Find out more about our flexible score submission policies.
    • Non-native English speakers may submit a TOEFL/IELTS instead of SAT/ACT
    • Applicants for Fall 2021 may choose to be test optional



Undergraduate Freshmen Early Action: November 15
Undergraduate Freshmen Regular Decision: February 15


Undergraduate Freshmen: December 1
Madrid Campus Applicants: November 1

We continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after these dates. 

For more information, view All Deadlines & Admission Standards.

Grant opportunities

Suffolk University offers its students financial aid funding from the federal and state government, institutional programs and other agencies. Each entity establishes eligibility criteria and specific renewal requirements.


More information about eligibility and available aid can be found here

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Project management
Policy and governance
Marine Geology
Marine spatial planning