The Marine Biology program is brand new, with state approval summer 2020. While the marine biology program may be new in name, many of our students have been taking course offerings focused on the marine environment since our founding. The program is situated on the Beaufort campus, and students can take all major classes there. Beaufort County is a living laboratory for the marine environment with large tidally influenced river systems and Port Royal Sound, the largest natural port on the east coast of the United States, as well as Beaufort County having an estimated 10% of the smooth cordgrass (Sporobolus alterniflorus, formerly Spartina) marsh area of the entire east coast of United States. Many of our faculty focus on marine life and ecosystems: exploring bio-medical discovery, genetic analysis, biochemistry, physiology and ecosystem research. Students finishing in marine biology will have a complex understanding of the marine environment and the impacts humans can make both positively and negatively on these ever more fragile realms.
As part of the degree program, students will gain hands-on experience in different areas of marine biology. Our capstone courses span the range from Biological Oceanography to practical knowledge of current and developing marine policies that are based on the science that students learn. Students can intern or research locally as well as be encouraged to participate in summer internships ranging from primary research to federal-level internships.
The types of classes you will take include: Biological Oceanography, Marine Policy, Coral Reef Ecology, Salt Marsh Ecology, Invertebrate Zoology, Adaptations of Marine Organisms, Marine Plants, Ichthyology, Conservation Biology, Marine Ecology, Molecular Marine Ecology, and selected Topics in Biology.
Research opportunities are also available through faculty and regional research facilities including Waddell Mariculture Center, Port Royal Sound Foundation and opportunities with the Beaufort County. For more information about USCB's program in Marine Biology, please contact us at email@example.com.