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Marine Biology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) West Hattiesburg, MS, United States
The University of Southern Mississippi is one of only a few institutions in the United States to offer a bachelor of science degree in marine biology. Our program is offered in partnership with the Department of Coastal Sciences and focuses on biological aspects of coastal plain environments, estuaries, and barrier i slands of Mississippi.
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  • The undergraduate marine biology curriculum emphasizes a strong foundation in the hard sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) and in mathematics during the freshman and sophomore years. Many elective marine biology courses, typically taken during the junior and senior years, focus on biological aspects of the coastal plain environments, estuaries, and barrier islands of Mississippi. These learning experiences are enhanced by field studies of living organisms in their natural habitats. Other elective courses in the marine biology program stress practical experience with laboratory techniques.
  • The Department of Biological Sciences has an active program in undergraduate research and all undergraduate marine biology and biological sciences majors are encouraged to participate. Research projects, for which student receive academic credit, are carried out under the direction of BSC faculty members.
  • Classes are offered during the regular academic year at both the Hattiesburg and the Long Beach campuses, and specialized upper-level courses are taught during the Summer Field Program at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Biology of Vertebrate
  • Ichtyology & Lab
  • Intro to Fishery Sci & Lab
  • Marine Invert Zoology & Lab
  • Comp Histology of Mar Anim
  • Marine Phycology & L
  • Application of Biotechnology
  • Coastal Vegetation & Lab 2
  • Marine Aquaculture & Lab
  • Parasites of Marine Animals & Lab

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

First-time freshman applicants should submit the following:

  • International application form
  • $35 application fee
  • Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS score from examing board
  • Official copy of ACT or SAT score
  • Official high school transcript (or exam certificate) which indicates the date of graduation or completion of studies
  • Recommendation letters (if applying for a freshman scholarship)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    301 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 301 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    301 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 301 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for West Hattiesburg

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
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