The ocean covers nearly three-quarters of the earth’s surface, and its unfathomable expanse is home to millions of organisms large and small—from microbes to plants to fish and mammals. What happens in the water impacts the land and air, too, meaning marine and environmental science are closely connected. Whether you plan to wade in tidal pools and wetlands or dive deep into the ocean, a marine biology concentration is the place to start.
Gordon’s location just three miles from the Atlantic Ocean allows regular excursions to research spots along Cape Ann’s rocky coastline—including the Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research site and the Great Marsh. Hop aboard Gordon’s boat (Ixthus) during our intensive Marine Biology Institute summer program, or take classes at places like the New England Aquarium through our membership in the Marine Studies Consortium. You’ll study marine organisms native to New England, and be prepared to take that knowledge to your chosen specialty within the field of marine science.
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Careers in marine science are vast and varied. You’ll be equipped for graduate school in your area of focus within this broad field, and can tailor your studies to achieve your unique goals.
Gordon’s proximity to ocean ecosystems provides remarkable access for labs, field trips and other opportunities. Join the Biology Club for coastal birdwatching trips or the coastal cleanup at Crane Beach.
Off campus, students complete internships at a range of marine institutions, including:
Expand your global perspective on marine environments through short-term and semester-long programs.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Greg Keller
Professor of Biology
E [email protected]
P 978 867 4852
Department Chair of Life, Health, and Physical Sciences
The marine biology concentration is part of the biology major.