Study the Animals, Chemistry, and Physics of the Ocean on a Campus Devoted to Marine Science

Did you know that more is known about the surface of the moon than what is known about the oceans' depths? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “more than 80% of our ocean is unmapped, unobserved and unexplored.” Nova Southeastern University’s Marine Biology program gives you the opportunity to learn more about the unexplored.

A B.S. in Marine Biology from NSU comes with many opportunities and experiences. NSU's Oceanographic Campus includes the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center and marina dedicated to the study of marine science. You can often see marine life from the windows of your classrooms! NSU’s location, at the edge of diverse marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, allows for faculty, researchers and students to engage in multidisciplinary research.

At NSU, you’ll learn from experienced professors and researchers at the forefront of their profession. You'll gain firm grounding in large ecosystems, laboratory techniques and ecology. Your electives will take you deeper into zoology, sharks and coral communities. The oceans and their inhabitants offer hope of new and great scientific discoveries in fields such as medicine, environmental restoration and protection and green technologies. With your bachelor’s in marine biology from NSU, you’ll be prepared to develop solutions to local and global issues. 

Why Should You Major in Marine Biology at NSU?

Pursue a Career Dedicated to the Marine Environment

With your marine biology degree you’ll be prepared for a number of career opportunities, including those in aquaria/husbandry, coastal development, ecotourism, education, environmental consulting, maritime law, journalism, marine engineering, pharmaceuticals, research, veterinary science, water management and more. With the selection of appropriate courses, a marine biology degree also opens possibilities for a career in the health professions. Many marine biology graduates choose to continue their studies in master's and doctoral programs in marine science, as well as medical, dental, veterinary, and other professional schools.  

Learn more about Career Preparation

Average Starting Salary

Salaries you can earn with a marine biology degree vary widely because of the many career offerings associated with this degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the average annual salaries (in 2019) of some jobs associated with this degree include:

  • Hydrologists – $81,270
  • Geoscientists – $92,040
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists – $71,360
  • Veterinarians – $95,460

Shark Destinations

You’ll find NSU marine biology alumni at companies like Broward County Board of County Commissioners, PIKE Corporation, MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and Zoo Miami. Additionally, many graduates choose to continue their studies at NSU in master’s programs such as the M.S. in Marine Science, which offers you the choice of three concentrations: Marine Biology, Coastal Zone Management and Marine Environmental Science. *

*Data provided by NSU’s Office of Career Development