Marine Biology, B.Sc. | University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) | Beverly Hills, United States
48 months
44830 USD/year
44830 USD/year
13804 USD/year
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The Marine Biology program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is designed for students who wish to specialize in the area of marine sciences.


Completion of this major provides students with both an excellent background in biology and specialization in various disciplines such as oceanography, subtidal and intertidal ecology, and physiology of marine organisms. Graduates are well prepared for postgraduate opportunities in the marine sciences, many other areas of biology, and medicine. The Marine Biology program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) provides valuable field experience with concomitant individual research opportunities in marine biology.

Learning Outcomes

The Marine Biology major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of fundamentals of ecology, behavior and evolution, or marine biology acquired through coursework
  • Development of skills in library research, data interpretation, synthesis, and scientific writing
  • Use of current primary scientific literature, including database searches, identification of appropriate sources, and reading and understanding papers
  • Understanding of key questions and hypotheses, interpretation of results and conclusions, and discrimination of quality through critique
  • Use of knowledge gained for conception and execution of student project that includes self-developed questions and hypotheses, design of appropriate theoretical or empirical/experimental approach, execution of that approach, and analysis and interpretation of data
  • Communication of original scientific work to colleagues and mentors through capstone scientific paper
  • Demonstrated communication skills through oral or poster presentation at a symposium
  • Display of strong teamwork and problem-solving skills

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Plants and Civilization
  • Biomedical Research Issues in Minority Communities
  • Biodiversity and Extinction: Crisis and Conservation
  • Evolution of Life
  • Evolution for Everyone
  • Why Ecology Matters: Science Behind Environmental Issues

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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160 alternative credits

Quarter Units


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete 15 year-long academic courses with a 3.4 GPA
  • Meet other requirements specific to your country
  • Take the ACT with Writing Test, SAT with Writing or SAT with Essay by December of your last year at secondary school
  • Demonstrate English-language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    44830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 44830 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    44830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 44830 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13804 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13804 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Beverly Hills

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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