Bachelor of Science In Marine Biology

"At the University of New Haven, I developed important research and critical thinking skills in my classes and labs that will be extremely beneficial as I pursue my doctorate," says Samantha Davern ’19, a candidate in the doctor of veterinary medicine program at Tufts University.

Dive into the marine world from day one

When you major in marine biology at the University of New Haven, you are surrounded by diverse marine ecosystems teeming with life and just waiting to be explored. Starting with your first semester, you will be on and in the water, exploring and learning.

You will have the opportunity to take advantage of our close relationships with local aquariums, museums, nonprofit organizations, and federal and state research laboratories, and you will benefit from faculty-mentored research opportunities.

You will learn about our world's oceans, marine environments and organisms, and how humans interact with these systems in our broad, comprehensive program by:

  • Integrating diverse courses as you gain hands-on and research-focused experience
  • Studying invertebrate and vertebrate marine animals, marine botany, oceanography, and marine ecology
  • Personalizing your course of study to meet your career goals
  • Exploring career opportunities within the large and diverse field of marine science
  • Complementing your coursework with internships, summer research opportunities, or a yearlong senior research project
  • Broadening your horizons as you experience other habitats and cultures through study abroad and study away opportunities. (Students travel to Australia, South Africa, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.)

Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.


Envision Your Future

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Fishery Biologist

4% Growth 2017-2027


Environmental Scientist

11% Growth 2017-2027



8% Growth 2017-2027

Selected Courses and Programs
  • This course is required for all first-year students in their initial semester. Every week, students will engage in fieldwork in the marine environments of southern Connecticut. They will learn the primary tools and techniques employed by marine scientists to study marine organisms and environments, including water column and sediment sampling techniques, marine organism identification, and proper usage of marine field equipment both onboard ships and along the coast.

  • An investigation of ecological structure and dynamics in marine and estuarine habitats at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. Human interactions with marine ecosystems are also considered. The laboratory includes a student-designed research project to be conducted in the field, culminating in a final research report and presentation.

  • Students examine both the history of aquaculture and the principles involved in freshwater and marine aquaculture. Emphasis is placed on production methods and technology applications in aquaculture systems and operations. Students gain practical experience designing and maintaining small-scale recirculating systems. An integral part of this course is the planning, designing, and implementation of individual research experiments utilizing a small-scale recirculating system. Particular attention is given to the manipulation of water quality parameters associated with recirculating systems.

  • An investigation into the conservation of marine resources and the science of habitat recovery and restoration. Topics will include fisheries conservation, case studies of restored coastal habitats, assessment procedures, and evaluation of ecological function in restored habitats.

  • The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Marine Biology, B.S.

    Marine Biology Minor

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