Why study Marine Biology?

The oceans and estuaries of the world are home to a tremendous variety of marine organisms ranging from the smallest of microbes to the largest of whales. On a larger scale, oceans and estuaries play vital roles in climate regulation and nutrient transportation. In turn, changes in the Earth’s climate affect the functioning of these environments and the organisms that live in them. Yet more is known about outer space than is known about the oceans! Therefore, understanding the organisms that reside in the marine environment – at an evolutionary, molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community and ecosystem level – is necessary in order to protect not only the organisms themselves but also the environments they live in and all they provide for humanity.

Majoring in Marine Biology at the University of New Haven will provide an extremely strong foundation for an exciting, interesting, and rewarding career working with marine organisms, the environments they live in, and the challenges facing them!

How do I know if Marine Biology is the right major for me?

Marine Biology is an interdisciplinary science major. Although its focus is on organisms that live in the sea, marine biologists must also learn about chemistry, physics, geology and math in order to understand the environments and processes that affect marine organisms. Marine biologists are curious about the marine world and are interested in applying the rigors of the scientific method to gain insights into marine organisms and their interactions with the environments they live in. Marine scientists usually work both in the field and in a laboratory, collecting and processing data on the organisms and interactions they are studying. Some work full-time in the field while others choose to work full-time in a laboratory setting. Still others may work for state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, or even major corporations. Some even go on to become medical doctors, veterinarians or lawyers. A degree in Marine Biology can be used in a broad variety of careers and jobs or to go on for graduate study in a scientific discipline.

So…if you have a passion for science and for understanding what kinds of animals live in the sea or why marine organisms do the things they do or you find yourself asking questions like, “why is that organism here and not there?” or “how can we protect these organisms from the effects of global warming?” or hundreds of other questions about the organisms that live in and near the world’s coastal waters and oceans, then the scientific field of Marine Biology is for you!

Or, Would You Rather...

Study how humans interact with the world’s oceans and their organisms, develop strategies to protect marine resources and communicate these issues and strategies to others? A major in Marine Affairs might be the major for you.

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