Marine Biology

Bachelor of Science

“Being able to go out into the field frequently since the start of my first year helped me confirm that I chose the right major,” said Gaitlyn Malone ‘16. “The opportunity to perform my own research projects with the help of faculty gave me hands-on experience that has helped me in my career.”

Study in a marine scientist’s paradise

When you study marine biology at the University of New Haven, you’re surrounded by diverse marine ecosystems teeming with life and just waiting to be explored. From Long Island Sound and its coastal regions to a 600-acre salt marsh at the mouth of the Housatonic River, you will be on, and in, the water exploring this marine paradise starting with your first semester.

You’ll acquire more hands-on experience at two Connecticut aquariums – which are University research and internship resources – and at our brand new 6,000-square-foot Marine Sciences Center, which houses research labs and has direct waterfront access to Long Island Sound.

You will learn to protect our world’s marine organisms, the environments they live in, and all the benefits they provide for humanity by:
  • Integrating chemistry, physics, geology, and math as you gain hands-on and research-focused experience
  • Studying invertebrate and vertebrate marine animals, marine botany, oceanography, and marine ecology
  • Exploring career opportunities within the large and diverse field of marine sciences
  • Completing a yearlong senior research project directly related to your career goals
  • Broadening your field expertise as you experience other cultures through study-abroad and study-away opportunities (students regularly travel to Australia, Ireland, England, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Gerace Tropical Research Station on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas)
  • Complementing your studies with internships
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Innovative Courses

  • Marine conservation and restoration

    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.

  • Marine Aquaculture and Biotechnology

    An examination of marine aquaculture and the use of marine resources in developing biotechnological products. The history of aquaculture and current aquaculture practices throughout the world are reviewed. Lectures are augmented by visits to commercial establishments and aquaculture research laboratories. The second portion of the course will focus on the development of marine biotechnology, marine products, and the relationship between aquaculture and marine biotechnology.

  • Marine Pollution

    A classification of the different forms of pollution in the marine environment. The fate and transport of different pollutants is discussed as is the effects of pollutants on coastal and open marine ecosystems.

  • Full List of Courses For Marine Biology

    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

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.

Next Steps

  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

    The Application Process

  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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