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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, students work with 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 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 students to these very diverse environments.

Study Abroad

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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In the News

There is always something interesting happening at Florida Southern.

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...

From left to right: Professor Daugherty, Dr. Wolovich and Dr. Kjellmark exploring the uses of GIS technology at the Sea Grant UF training program.

New Geographic Information System Lab at FSC

A grant from the Mosaic Company provides equipment and training that will directly bene...

Dr. Taylor and students planting trees on Virgin Gorda.

Junior Journey Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Dr. Kristian Taylor, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology, has led Junior Journeys to ...

Internship Opportunities

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

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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