Marine Biology Program

The UTRGV Marine BiologyBachelor of Science (B.S.) degree:

  • The B.S. in Marine Biology is designed to prepare students who are seeking a career or graduate studies in marine biology and related marine science disciplines. Undergraduates in this major will develop an understanding of the biology of marine organisms and the biological and physical processes that affect these organisms, their populations, and their coastal and oceanic ecosystems.
  • Marine Biology career examples: researcher; educator; scientific company sales representative or technical service representative; laboratory technician; fisheries biologist; animal technician (zoo, pet store, veterinary hospital); environmental lobbyist or consultant; aquaculture specialist; marine illustrator; underwater photographer; natural resource manager; SCUBA instructor.
  • The curriculum takes full advantage of the Rio Grande Valley's unique physical location at the intersection of temperate and tropical climatic divides, and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Unifying laboratory/field courses with the unique environments of South Texas and directly engage students in the discovery process and in analyzing and interpreting data.
  • The Marine Biology program requires 120 hours of coursework including a major-specific marine biology core and supporting courses aimed at interrelating the principles of physics, geology and geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology to the marine environment. Upper level electives include Coral Reef Ecology, Marine Zoology, Ichthyology, Marine Animal Field Studies, as well as supervised independent research courses.
  • A diverse faculty with expertise in areas such as marine and coastal ecology, wildlife conservation, fisheries ecology fish biology, animal behavior, neurobiology, molecular and cell biology actively encourage students to participate in research.