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The Marine Biology Major is a comprehensive program designed to prepare students for careers in the marine sciences. If you love marine life and hope to find a job working in or on the water, this is degree for you. Many of those completing this major will go on graduate preparation for careers in academia or research, while others have taken jobs as lab/field technicians or marine educators.

Detailed curriculum information can be found in the catalog.


  • Plant, Animal, and Microbial Diversity
  • Molecular/Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Marine Biology Courses at Dauphin Island Sea Lab
  • General and Organic Chemistry
  • Additional Academic Preparation in Chosen Minor
  • Data Analysis and Presentation Skills
  • Career Preparation Skills

Extra-curricular activities

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Hands-on Learning Experiences
  • Field Work in Marine Habitats
  • Fellowships and Summer Internships
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Exciting Field Classes

Career Preparation

The Marine Biology Major prepares students for employment or graduate training in the marine sciences. Graduates of this program are employed in occupations as diverse as University professorships, governmental agencies, aquarists, and marine educators. The broad background provided by this major makes it an ideal preparation for professional school as well. Students completing the marine biology major will enter a job-rich market, with starting salaries typically in the area of $40,000 $50,000 with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Contact Information:

College/Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics contact Dr. Jeffery Merida at 205-652-3414.