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Marine Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
Our Marine Science program gives you one-on-one attention from Ph.D. professors from day one. Studying on Tampa Bay means you’ll be out on the water for four years doing the work that professionals do – and end up taking your pick of jobs and grad schools once you graduate with a marine science degree.
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The marine science program at Eckerd College offers an excellent and comprehensive hands-on curriculum that is designed to serve as part of a liberal arts education, providing an awareness of the marine environment and its significance to humankind, so that our students may be better prepared to solve complex environmental and scientific problems.

In addition to these disciplines, we offer a broad range of elective courses, internship and research opportunities, and study abroad programs. Our ideal waterfront location near the Gulf of Mexico allows us to utilize the surrounding coastal environments in our courses and research programs, making it a perfect place to study marine science.

You can earn a marine science degree in the context of an education at a private national liberal arts college, the only one in Florida. At Eckerd, you won’t compete with graduate students for faculty attention, as our efforts are dedicated entirely to educating undergraduates.

Because many of today’s pressing issues in marine science must be addressed from a variety of perspectives, our program is interdisciplinary. In addition to specializing in a particular track of either marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, or marine geophysics, you will also become broadly educated in aspects of marine science outside your specialty. We also offer a range of elective courses and other ways of exploring areas of interest.

We encourage you to explore our web page to learn more about our comprehensive hands-on curriculum taught by our internationally-known faculty, our modern and well-equipped facilities, our active fleet of vessels, and opportunities to conduct research and independent study, to participate in internships, and to study marine science in other countries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geological Oceanography
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Earth Systems History
  • Earth Materials
  • Marine and Freshwater Botany
  • Marine Invertebrate Biology
  • Biology of Fishes
  • Solid Earth Geophysics
  • Marine Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Earth Structure
  • Marine Conservation Ecology
  • Marine Mammalogy

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Eckerd College Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official Test Scores (SAT or ACT): SAT code: 5223/ ACT code: 0731
  • Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  • Admission Recommendation Letter
  • Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 1132 - 1750 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Financial aid and scholarships are available through an ambitious financial aid program that benefits about 96% of Eckerd students. Approximately $43 million in financial aid was awarded last year. Assistance packages may include a combination of scholarships, grants, work aid, and loans. The average award last year from all sources was $26,000 and the range was from $1,000 to $42,000.

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