Marine Biology

Learn more about the marine biology degree program at Rollins College.
Real-World Research

Real-World Research

Marine biology majors work alongside professors on research typically available only in graduate school. Damian Clarke ’19 studied sea stars up and down the east coast with professor Fiona Harper before presenting the results at the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Why Study Marine Biology at Rollins

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.

Hands-On Experiences Undergraduates conduct graduate-level lab and field research in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Maine. Thanks to the Morrow Fund, an internal scholarship granted to the department, students have access to financial assistance.

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

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 Explore how oceans and coastal environments interact in ways you can see and in ways that require a deeper look. Students will gain an understanding of oceanography that provides a foundation for studying marine ecosystems.

  • BIO 236 Invertebrate Zoology Using live marine and freshwater organisms, you’ll examine the animal kingdom from sponges through invertebrate chordates. The classwork leads up to a trip to the Florida Keys and Everglades for hands-on field work.

  • BIO 237 Vertebrate Zoology Take a closer look at the interesting spectrum of vertebrate life (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals). Students will apply class knowledge and lab findings to trips around Florida, including the Florida Keys and Everglades.

  • BIO 310 Ecology Learn about organisms and their interaction with the environment. Students will explore populations, communities, and ecosystems in the lab and in the field, using the unique habitats of Central Florida.

  • BIO 335 Marine Biology Students are guided through research using live sea urchins and perform studies using larvae. For the second half of the semester, they conduct independent research to discover answers to their own research questions, culminating in a poster session.

  • BIO 388 Marine Biology Lab (Maine or Bahamas) This class includes two weeks of field research studying the coral reefs and rocky intertidal on the remote Bahamian island of San Salvador or examining the rocky intertidal, mudflats, and salt marsh environs of Maine.

Major Requirements

Visit the Rollins catalog to access the program requirements

Contact Info

Department of Biology
Bush Science Center 
1000 Holt Ave. – 2743
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2494
F. 407.646.2138

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