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Best Colleges for Marine Biology

A fantasy career for many younger children as well as the fictional vocation of George Costanza, marine biology can be an engaging and rewarding major for those who elect to follow their dreams into college. Undergraduates concentrating in marine biology will study geology, oceanography, chemistry, biology, and a host of scientific methods and techniques employed by those in the field. Career paths include oil spill response specialist, reef restoration, and fishery management; others work for zoos, federal/state/local governments, or museums. This major can also be a launching pad for students who wish to go on to earn graduate degrees that lead to careers in academia, research labs, or as marine veterinarians. Unsurprisingly, the schools on our list of Best Colleges for Marine Biology are located on either the East or West Coasts since many courses will involve direct fieldwork.

Click the links below for more information about each college's marine biology program. Click here to read our methodology.

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