Marine biology is the study of the world’s aquatic environments, which provides fascinating diversity of animals and plants for you to investigate.
Marine ecosystems cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, and the diversity of life that exists in these environments is astounding. As a Marine Biology major, you will explore the variety of life in the world’s oceans, estuaries, and coral reefs.
At Florida Southern College, you will gain the background necessary to pursue a career in Marine Biology, or to continue on to graduate work in your chosen field. No matter your goals, your passion and interests will be fostered in a community that wants to help you succeed.
Our central Florida location puts you in close proximity to both coasts along with a variety of top marine research facilities.
As a Marine Biology major you will take classes in areas such as:
Because there’s no substitute for learning by doing, we design courses that engage you through lab and field experiences where you’ll put science to work. By using equipment, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating the results yourself, you’ll learn the basics of science firsthand. Then you’ll apply what you’ve learned in research courses where you’ll plan and execute an original research project.
In the classroom, you’ll participate in discussions, group projects and case studies designed to help you apply theories to real-life situations, analyze data, critique others’ work, and hone your critical thinking skills—all of which give you confidence in your abilities as scientists.
FSC’s Biology Department sponsors chapters of Beta Beta Beta, a national society for students in the biological sciences, and AMSA/Pre-Professional Society, the national organization for pre-medical and medical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians.
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Dr. Gabriel Langford, Assistant Professor of Biology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Environmental Studies
FSC’s environmental studies majors have interned with the following:
Scholarships for biology, environmental studies, and marine biology majors are available. These include:
Biology majors have been accepted to graduate programs in everything from environmental recreation to marine biology to ecology at top-tier institutions such as:
With our close proximity to Lake Hollingsworth, all your courses will have a strong outdoor component—you’ll be in the field observing and collecting data.
Along with being close to both coasts, our central Florida location provides great opportunities for internships and employment.
Study-abroad opportunities include travel to Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.
Beyond course work, students work with faculty on independent studies, research projects, off-campus expeditions, scientific conferences, and other activities.
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698