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Marine Biology

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts

UWA’s Marine Biology degree (BA/BS) provides students with a comprehensive understanding of marine ecosystems. The program combines experiential learning with hands-on field experiences, including research opportunities and fieldwork in diverse marine habitats, equipping graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to make significant contributions to marine conservation, research and management. Exciting field classes immerse students in real-world scenarios, fostering a deep appreciation for marine life and its complexities. 

The Marine Biology program at UWA prepares students for diverse career paths in marine science and environmental stewardship. Graduates of the Marine Biology program are equipped to pursue advanced graduate studies or career paths in various fields related to marine science, including research, education, government agencies, marine parks, zoos and more. With practical experience in marine habitats and a strong foundation in marine biology principles, our students are poised to become leaders in the field, driving advancements in marine research, conservation and environmental protection.

Visit the Academic Catalog for information regarding program admission requirements, prerequisites, course offerings and more.


Program Facts

Program Format

On Campus

Academic Term

Spring, Summer and Fall semesters

Number of Credits

120 hours

Academic Calendars

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Sample Courses

BY414 Marine Botany

4 Credits

Structure, reproduction, identification, distribution, and ecology of marine and estuarine algae, vascular and nonvascular plants. Twenty-four hours of lecture/field work/laboratory work per week. Prerequisite: BY212. Offered only at the Marine Laboratory, Dauphin Island. 

BY424 Marine Invertebrate Zoology 

4 Credits

Systematics, ecology, physiology and phylogenetic relationship of locally occurring marine invertebrate taxa. Twenty-four hours of lecture/fieldwork/laboratory per week for five weeks. Prerequisites: BY222, BY320 are highly recommended. Offered only at the Marine Laboratory, Dauphin Island. 

BY425 Marine Vertebrate Zoology

4 Credits

Systematics, behavior, physiology and ecology of marine vertebrates with emphasis on species of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Twenty-four hours of lecture/field work/laboratory per week for five weeks. Prerequisite: BY222. Offered only at the Marine Laboratory, Dauphin Island. 

Career Outlook

Graduates typically pursue careers in university professorships, governmental agencies, aquarists and marine educators. 

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