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UWF is one of only a few institutions in the U.S. offering a B.S. in Marine Biology. You will become immersed in the environment you are studying on our campus with 300 acres of marshes and wetlands and 150 acres on the Gulf of Mexico. Our program prepares you for a career in environmental regulation, conservation, fisheries, aquaculture and more.

Why Study Marine Biology at UWF?

Our Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology is one of only three marine biology programs in the state of Florida. Wetlands and estuarine marshes off the Pensacola campus, as well as the Gulf Islands Research and Education Center (GIREC) in Santa Rosa campus and the Gulf of Mexico, provide living specimens for study.

The Pensacola campus includes 300 acres of estuarine marshes and wetlands with an additional 150 acres located on Santa Rosa Island on the Gulf of Mexico containing beach dune, salt marsh, tidal flat and sea grass ecosystems.

What You Will Learn

Whether as part of a class or through a special research project with a faculty member, you will gain hands-on experience as well as insight into the life of a marine biologist.

Our curriculum includes a series of seven core courses fundamental to all areas of biology. Elective courses emphasize theoretical and practical aspects of aquatic/marine biology.

We maintain a variety of collection gear and a fleet of boats for sampling, plus an extensive array of laboratory and field instruments, computing equipment and research facilities. You will have ample opportunities to participate in fields studies throughout the state.

Careers & Outcomes

On graduation, you will be ready to begin a career in a variety of fields, including environmental regulation, conservation, fisheries, aquaculture, or marine technology. Students who wish to continue their studies at the graduate level will find themselves highly qualified.

Job Titles

  • Aquatic Scientist
  • Research Biologist
  • Fishery Biologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Ecologist
  • Biologist
  • Researcher
  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental Consultant


  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Park Service
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Marine Biology program.

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