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Marine Biology

Marine biology is the study of the world’s marine environments.

Marine ecosystems cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and provide a fascinating diversity of animals and plants for exploration and study.

Marine biologists study all types of sea life ranging from large ocean animals to microscopic organisms. Your B.S. in Marine Biology will provide you with a strong foundation in biology as you explore the vast diversity of marine species. You will apply your understanding of marine communities to global challenges, such as climate change and sustainable use of natural resources.

Top Reasons

Original Research

Beyond coursework, marine biology students work with marine biology faculty on independent studies, research projects, off-campus expeditions, scientific conferences, and other activities.

Outdoor Learning

Florida Southern’s campus is located on the shores of Lake Hollingsworth, which means all marine biology courses have a strong outdoor component where you’ll be in the field observing and collecting data.

Central Florida Location

Since campus is within driving distance to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll have ample opportunities for research, hands-on learning, and field studies in a variety of coastal ecosystems.

Marine Science Symposium

Each year we sponsor a Marine Science Symposium, bringing students and faculty from Florida universities together to share their research. Past keynote speakers have included Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jeff Corwin.

Prepare For Grad School

Side by side with your professors, you'll tag sharks, identify invasive species and study the life cycle of parasites. Gain invaluable experiences that will make you a top candidate for graduate programs. FSC graduates have seamlessly transitioned to top programs at Duke, UC Santa Barbara, and Hawaii Pacific University.

Study Abroad

Expand your horizons through immersive travel experiences to Coast Rica, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, where you’ll study diverse marine ecosystems and global conservation efforts.

Meet Our Mocs

Gretchen Faraci
Malique Bowen
Nyssa Henderson

Engaged Learning. Undergraduate Research.

Gabriel Langford, Ph.D.

Featured Faculty

Gabriel Langford

I feel that using an interactive approach allows students to start asking questions about biology instead of just memorizing scientific facts, enabling them to have a broader understanding of the subject matter. I also feel strongly that ecology and environmental studies courses should be transported into an outdoor classroom whenever possible. I believe that field-based courses are the best mechanism for teaching ecology, and in my experience students excel when presented with real-world challenges.

Clubs And More

FSC’s Biology Department sponsors chapters of Beta Beta Beta, a national society for students in the biological sciences, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), the national Health Preprofessional Honor Society, and Rho Rho Rho Marine and Atmospheric Honor Society.

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Admission Requirements


All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:


Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

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Gabriel Langford Gabriel Langford, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

George W. Truitt Chair in the Sciences

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