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Marine Biology

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

Marine ecosystems cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface which provides fascinating diversity of animals and plants for you to investigate.

Top Reasons to choose Marine Biology at florida southern college

Original Research

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

Outdoor Learning

With our close proximity to Lake Hollingsworth, all your marine biology courses will have a strong outdoor component—you’ll be in the field observing and collecting data.

Central Florida Location

Florida Southern is located within driving distance of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and we bring our marine biology students to these very diverse environments.

Study Abroad

As a marine biology student, you will travel to places such as Costa Rica, Jamaica, and the Bahamas to further your explorations.

Save the Animals

In BIO 2120 Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals, you will be introduced to the biology of marine mammals, including cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians and sea otters. You will study their physiology, behavior, evolution and ecology, with special emphasis on their conservation. Marine labs and nature preserves are common field trip destinations, where you will meet professionals and see first-hand how marine mammals are studied.

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Online Info Session

April 6
1:00 PM EST

Counselor Presenting: Brian Emery

Online Info Session

April 7
8:00 PM EST

Counselor Presenting: Shannon Barnes

Online Info Session

April 8
1:00 PM EST

Counselor Presenting: Liz Green

In the News

There is always something interesting happening at Florida Southern.

FSC marine biology students with Dr. Jason Macrander (center) at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting.

FSC Marine Biology Students Participate in an Internation...

Students conducting research with Marine Biology professor Dr. Jason Macrander had the ...

Dr. Gabe Langford launches the Trident ROV for its inaugural voyage.

Underwater Drone Will Enhance Student Research

An underwater drone from National Geographic will allow FSC students to study a variety...

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Research Study Identifies Largest Mitogenome

Assistant Professor of Marine Biology, Dr. Jason Macrander, Participates as Research Co...

Featured Marine Biology Faculty

Dr. Gabriel Langford
- Associate Professor of Biology

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.

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Internship Opportunities

Our Internship Guarantee ensures you'll gain exposure to a wide array of marine ecosystems.

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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.

Marine Biology Program Contact

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Office of Admissions

Admissions Counselors
863.680.4131

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Dr. Gabe Langford

Associate Professor of Biology
863.680.4318

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