Marine Biology

At the Marine Biology Department of Texas A&M University at Galveston, students have countless opportunities to work with some of the top professors in their field. The location on the Gulf of Mexico provides the perfect setting for invaluable hands-on learning. This program explores the biological sciences through studies in the marine environment. Students follow a strong well-balanced curriculum in general biology that utilizes examples of local marine flora and fauna to illustrate patterns and processess. Students receive hands-on field sampling experience as well as internship and research opportunities. Students may take electives to emphasize certain interests such as vertebrate zoology, coastal wetlands ecology, conservation, comprehensive biology, fisheries biology, mammalogy, and aquatic animal health. Students may also choose electives useful to pursue medical or veterinary degree programs.

Additionally, if desired, this major has a License Option. The Marine Biology License Option program allows the Marine Biology student to prepare for a career as an officer aboard a sea going vessel by participating in the Texas A&M Maritime Academy Corps of Midshipmen. The curriculum provides the basics of Marine Biology as well as courses leading toward licensing as a Third Mate of any gross tonnage upon oceans, steam, or motor vessels, in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

The Marine Biology License Option curriculum is an abbreviated version of the Marine Biology curriculum and is oriented toward field activities consistent with service aboard research vessels. Students who wish to attend a biologically-oriented graduate program, or are interested in the medical professions, are advised to take additional coursework in developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, and physiology.

What do you want to do with Marine Biology?

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Research, Conservation, Consultation, Academia, Education, Veterinarian and Medical fields, and more.

Remember: Your major does not equal your career! For more ideas about how to put your education to work, talk with your specific Career Advisor.

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