What are the best colleges for a marine biologist?


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Among the schools marine biology majors should consider are Duke University, Boston University, the University of Maine, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the University of Tampa. These five programs are among the most renowned of the more than 60 colleges and universities offering degrees in the field, according to Education Portal.

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Students in the Duke program actively engage with faculty in developing conservation and restoration projects, while studying a variety of marine organisms at the Marine Lab. The renowned school also offers Ph.D. concentrations in marine biology and in marine conservation biology and policy.

Students at Boston University reap the benefits of partnerships with the New England Aquarium, Sea Education Association and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The program includes a four-course marine semester spent studying the biology and oceanography of the Caribbean Sea.

Darling Marine Center's 'semester-by-the sea' residential program is a favorite of University of Maine students. In addition to undergraduate and graduate programs in marine biology, the school has both aquaculture and physical marine science concentrations.

With nearly half of department faculty actively engaging in research and access to the waterfront Marine Science Field Station, which boasts a 44-foot marine research vessel, University of Tampa students graduate well-prepared to enter marine-related fields.

UNC-Wilmington offers Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate programs in the field. The state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and aquariums at the Center for Marine Science provide top-notch research opportunities.

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