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4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2021

Program description

Marine Biology

The study of life in the oceans - from microscopic plankton to the largest animals on earth, the blue whales. Like biology, marine biology has many, diverse fields of study contained within it including the study of the molecules within cells (molecular biology), the functions and adaptations of organisms (physiology), and populations of organisms and their interactions with each other and their environment (ecology). What unites these areas as marine biology is the saltwater environment, whether it be the coastal wetlands and estuaries, rocky shorelines and beaches, coral reefs and kelp forests, or the vast open-ocean habitat and abyssal sea. This biology draws on other sciences such as chemistry, physics, geology, and oceanography, and includes disciplines such as marine microbiology, phycology (the study of algae), marine toxicology, fisheries and aquaculture, deep-sea ecology, invertebrate zoology, ichthyology (the study of fish), marine mammalogy, and marine conservation biology.

Admission requirements

  • Online Application
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency

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Program content

Lower Division Courses

  • General Chemistry I (The Natural World)
  • Calculus I
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology I Laboratory
  • General Biology II
  • General Biology II Laboratory
  • General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Oceanographic Field Techniques
  • Calculus II
  • College Physics I
  • College Physics I Laboratory
  • College Physics II
  • College Physics II Laboratory
  • General Physics I
  • General Physics I Laboratory
  • General Physics II
  • General Physics II Laboratory

Upper-division Requirements

  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Marine Invertebrate Zoology or Marine Vertebrate Zoology
  • Ecology
  • Ecology Laboratory
  • Biometry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology or Environmental Microbiology
  • Fundamental Organic Chemistry
  • General Oceanography I
  • General Oceanography I Laboratory
  • General Oceanography II
  • General Oceanography II Laboratory
  • Marine Ecology
  • Research Seminar in Marine Biology (capstone experiene)
  • Research Experience in Marine Biology (capstone experiene)
  • Comparative Animal Physiology Laboratory
  • Marine Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory
  • Marine Vertebrate Zoology Laboratory
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information


Students majoring in Marine Biology will:

  • Demonstrate broad basic knowledge the fundamental principles in the biological and physical sciences.
  • Integrate scientific principles to explain complex biological problems in the marine environment.
  • Plan and implement observational and experimental studies of marine organisms and ecosystems and analyze the data obtained from these studies using appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques.
  • Communicate scientific ideas effectively in written and oral formats using appropriate computer applications for data analysis and presentation.
  • Find and evaluate published information from a variety of printed and electronic sources.
  • Use a biological perspective to analyze complex problems and develop relevant questions pertaining to the marine environment.

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From: Colorado | Major: Marine Biology


About this institute

Hawai'i Pacific University

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the largest private, non-profit university in the state of Hawai’i, USA. HPU is home to over 5,500 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries around the world. Our campuses are unique, with the excitement...

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Why study at Hawai'i Pacific University

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the largest private, non-profit university in the state of Hawai’i, USA. We are home to over 5,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries around the world. Our campuses are exquisitely unique. HPU combines the excitement of an urban campus located in downtown Honolulu with the serenity of a campus set in the green foothills of the Ko‘olau mountains and an Oceanic Institute bordering the Pacific Ocean. All three are less than a 30 minute drive from the infamous Waikiki.

Our curriculum, which builds on our diversity by combining American educational traditions with global perspectives, emphasizes on rigorous intellectual engagement and social responsibility. The hands-on learning approach in combination with small class sizes and an inspiring teaching faculty ensure that students get the most of their studies.

All that combined is what makes HPU a one-of-a-kind destination.

Contact info

Hawai'i Pacific University

1 Aloha Tower Drive
96813 Honolulu Hawaii
United States of America

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