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At APU, your marine biology classroom could be a real beach – full of razor clams, that is.

Marine biology students are easy to spot at Alaska Pacific University. They’re the ones studying coastal ecosystems. In January. In the Galapagos Islands.

You might find us digging for razor clams on a southcentral Alaska beach, part of an APU research collaboration. Or studying beluga whales in Cook Inlet, within view of downtown Anchorage skyscrapers.

Maybe you’ll join other marine biology majors traveling only as far as APU’s student-run aquarium for on-campus research on tropical and cold water marine life.

At field sites from South Africa to Seward, Alaska, from Hawaii to Panama, your APU marine biology degree lets you learn by doing.

In fact, faculty-led projects often enlist passionate, qualified students starting from your earliest weeks on campus – a feature that sets us apart from many programs, where undergraduates often must wait before taking part in structured research or field work.

At Alaska Pacific University, we believe that project-based, real-world experience reinforces comprehensive classroom instruction.

We call it active learning.

You’ll call a chance to dive right in.

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