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Marine Biology

College or University: University of Oregon

Type of degree: B.A.

Brief overview of program: The University of Oregon has recently approved a new Baccalaureate Degree (B.S. or B.A.) in Marine Biology, one of only a handful of such degrees offered on the Pacific Coast. Undergraduate students accepted into this exciting new major will receive the same solid background in modern Biology (including cell biology, molecular biology, evolutionary biology, physiology and ecology) as a U. of O. Biology major, but will also experience several terms of the hands-on field-based learning for which marine laboratories, including O.I.M.B., are renown. Career options for Marine Biology graduates include jobs in state and federal government, advanced training for research and teaching in the marine sciences and most other careers available to broadly trained biologists. The background offered by this major is entirely appropriate for medical, dental or veterinary school. The first class of marine biology majors was accepted in Fall Term of 2004. Students in the marine biology major spend time on the Eugene campus and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. In Eugene, students take introductory biology courses and fulfill chemistry, mathematics, physics, and general education requirements. Upper division biology courses are taken at OIMB and the marine biology major requires students to spend a minimum of three terms at the OIMB campus in Charleston. Courses are offered at OIMB during spring, summer and fall terms. The OIMB campus has dorms and a dining hall to accommodate students.

Website: Click here for program website

Program Point of Contact: Richard Emlet



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