Marine Biology

Learn more about the marine biology degree program at Rollins College.

Real-World Research

Real-World Research

Damian Clarke ’19 studied sea stars up and down the east coast with Fiona Harper, marine biology program director, before presenting the results at the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Gain a broad understanding of the basic biological and ecological principles as they relate to the marine ecosystems. Core courses will expose you to the discovery nature of science and give you a better understanding of your role in preserving the health of the marine environment. The major prepares you to enter careers and advanced studies in biological research, environmental science, and conservation.

Top 3 Reasons to Study Marine Biology at Rollins

1. Hands-On Experiences Undergraduates conduct graduate-level lab and field research. Students will work in the Florida Keys, Bahamas and in Maine, at little or no cost thanks to the Morrow Fund, an internal scholarship granted to the department.

2. Personal Attention There are no more than six to 12 students in any marine biology class. The student-faculty ratio means instructors know the strengths of each student and can guide you individually.

3. Ready for the Next Step By your sophomore year, our faculty will have helped you build a resume. You’ll have the background to take on exciting internships and volunteer work. By graduation, you’ll have both feet in the real world.

Popular Courses

Introduction to Marine Science Students will learn how oceans and coastal environments interact in ways you can see and in ways that require a deeper look. This provides a foundation for studying ecosystems.

Invertebrate Zoology Using live material, you will examine the animal kingdom from protozoa through invertebrate chordates. The classwork leads up to a trip to the Florida Keys and Everglades for hands-on field work.

Vertebrate Zoology Take a closer look at the interesting spectrum of marine life (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals). Students will apply lab findings during a trip to the Florida Keys and Everglades.

Ecology You will explore marine populations, communities, and ecosystems in the lab and in the field, using methodology in habitats that are unique to Central and South Florida.

Marine Biology Students will conduct independent research for half a semester in their own quests to discover answers to the question: How do marine organisms adapt to their environments?

Marine Biology Lab (Maine or Bahamas) This class includes two weeks of field research studying coral reefs on the remote Bahamian island of San Salvador or examining the estuaries and offshore environs of Maine.

Major Requirements

Visit the Rollins catalogue to access the program requirements


Department of Biology
Bush Science Center 
1000 Holt Ave. – 2743
Winter Park, FL 32789
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