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Overview for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

A program that focuses on the scientific study of the ecology and behavior of microbes, plants, and animals inhabiting oceans, coastal waters, and saltwater wetlands and their interactions with the physical environment. Includes instruction in chemical, physical, and geological oceanography; molecular, cellular, and biochemical studies; marine microbiology; marine botany; ichthyology; mammalogy; marine population dynamics and biodiversity; reproductive biology; studies of specific species, phyla, habitats, and ecosystems; marine paleocology and palentology; and applications to fields such as fisheries science and biotechnology.

Careers for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Majors

A major in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography is highly relevant for the following careers. National averages for wages in each career is provided.

Colleges Offering a Major in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

Top 3 Massachusetts Colleges with the highest percentage of Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography among the 2008-2009 graduating class.

AddInfoCollege Name Degrees Awarded/
Percentage
SelectivityTuition
Boston University
Boston, MA
 15
(0.4%)
Moderately Selective$38,440 
Suffolk University
Boston, MA
 2
(0.2%)
Less Selective$27,208 
Salem State College
Salem, MA
 2
(0.2%)
Moderately Selective$12,990 
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Degrees awarded represents the number of bachelor's degrees awarded among the 2008-2009 graduating class.