Marine biology is the study of the world’s aquatic environments, which provides fascinating diversity of animals and plants for you to investigate.
Marine ecosystems cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, and the diversity of life that exists in these environments is astounding. As a Marine Biology major, you will explore the variety of life in the world’s oceans, estuaries, and coral reefs.
Top Reasons to Choose FSC for Marine Biology
You will design and carry out your own original research project by your senior year.
FSC is located within driving distance of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
You will travel to places such as Costa Rica, Jamaica, and the Bahamas to further your explorations.
You will interact and work with faculty as passionate as you are!
With small classes and engaged learning, you will dive deep into topics that will spark your curiosity.
At Florida Southern College, you will gain the background necessary to pursue a career in Marine Biology, or to continue on to graduate work in your chosen field. No matter your goals, your passion and interests will be fostered in a community that wants to help you succeed.
Our central Florida location puts you in close proximity to both coasts along with a variety of top marine research facilities.
As a Marine Biology major you will take classes in areas such as:
Basic marine biology, which will provide you with an introduction to how we study marine life
Oceanography, where you will learn about the physical properties that influence life in the oceans
Marine vertebrates, where you will study the birds, fishes and mammals that inhabit the world’s marine ecosystems
Marine invertebrate zoology, where you will discover the unique and amazing creatures that make life in the ocean truly amazing
Marine microbial diversity, where you will learn about the other 90% of marine life.
Engaged Learning in the Classroom
Because there’s no substitute for learning by doing, we design courses that engage you through lab and field experiences where you’ll put science to work. By using equipment, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating the results yourself, you’ll learn the basics of science firsthand. Then you’ll apply what you’ve learned in research courses where you’ll plan and execute an original research project.
In the classroom, you’ll participate in discussions, group projects and case studies designed to help you apply theories to real-life situations, analyze data, critique others’ work, and hone your critical thinking skills—all of which give you confidence in your abilities as scientists.
Departmental Clubs & Organizations
FSC’s Biology Department sponsors chapters of Beta Beta Beta, a national society for students in the biological sciences, and AMSA/Pre-Professional Society, the national organization for pre-medical and medical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians.