Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Marine Biology

Marine Biology

What is Marine Biology?

Marine Biology spans a broad range of biological investigations, including the study and experimental use of marine organisms like mammals, fish, crustaceans, corals, molluscs, seagrasses algae and echinoderms.

What Will I Study?

Florida Tech's undergraduate marine biology program was one of the first of its kind in the United States, started in 1971. Students are provided with a strong background in general biology, such as biometry, genetics and biochemistry. Additional specialized courses that focus on the biology and ecology of marine organisms include invertebrate zoology, fish biology, marine biology, marine ecology, marine mammals and summer field courses in Australia, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

What Courses Will I Take?

Review the core courses online at the University Catalog. In addition to the required program core courses, elective courses can be selected in biology, chemistry, environmental science and oceanography.

What Research Opportunities are Available?

In addition to research opportunities provided through our Office of Sponsored Programs and other university sources, we offer unique and exciting field research opportunities as part of the curriculum.

Our Ecology majors are required to take at least two summer field courses, but students in other disciplines are encouraged to enroll in these courses as well:

  • Tropical Ecology of Costa Rica
  • Tropical Ecology of Peru
  • Field Biology and Ecology in Africa
  • Australian Ecosystem Ecology
  • Smoky Mountains
  • Florida Barrier Islands
  • Bahamas Reef Ecology
  • Rocky Mountains

Why study Marine Biology at Florida Tech?

  • Ranked #7 among the country's marine biology programs (Gourman Report 1998)
  • Broad training in biological sciences with specialization in marine topics
  • Intense hands-on field, ship-board and laboratory experiences, beginning in freshman year
  • Undergraduate research opportunities including work-study, volunteer assistant and formal research courses
  • Located on the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in North America