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Aquatic and Marine Biology

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Major

Stetson University's Aquatic and Marine Biology majors become well-versed in the issues facing freshwater and marine ecosystems. Our convenient Florida location provides ready access to many different bodies of water, in which students will have the opportunity to visit and conduct research projects.

Why Aquatic and Marine Biology at Stetson University?

Students who major in Aquatic and Marine Biology gain a scientific understanding of life in both aquatic (freshwater) and marine (saltwater) environments. Senior research projects in this field have included studies of lateral line development in salamanders, the nesting ecology of freshwater and sea turtles, the impact of artificial reef design on fish abundance, the population biology of an endangered species of snail, spring fish ecology and manatee distribution, and mortality.

Students can also take advantage of Stetson's membership in the Marine Science Education Consortium for a summer or semester of study at the Duke University Marine Laboratory.

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Laura Jones

"I choose Stetson because I knew I could grow as a person here, but still do all the things I love. Everyone is so nice and positive, and it felt like it could be where I found a second family. I have loved the new opportunities presented to me and the close connections I have made with others."

Laura Jones '22 Aquatic and Marine Biology

Verania Sosa working at the Marine Discovery Center

"Each class teaches you something different. I took a marine vertebrate class, and we learned about animals that live in the ocean, which helped me when I did an internship at the Marine Discovery Center."

Verania Sosa '22 Aquatic and Marine Biology

Career Outcomes

Stetson Aquatic and Marine Biology majors are trained to be scientists. Many graduates pursue advanced degrees leading to careers in biological research, environmental science and conservation. Others pursue careers in the health professions.

Aquatic and Marine Biology students are prepared for many pivotal roles, including:

  • Education and restoration specialist
  • Teacher
  • County environmental manager
  • Lab technician (water quality, DNA analyst)
  • Fisheries biologist

Many students go on to continue their studies, focusing particularly on the following fields:

  • Marine science
  • Shark biology
  • Fisheries science
  • Veterinary school
  • Pharmacy school

The following are organizations that have recruited graduates of our program:

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Students must meet General Education Requirements in addition to specific requirements within the major area of study.


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