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Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology

Real-world projects prepare you for careers

Hands-on field work at Alaska Pacific University starts from your earliest days in our program.

Project-based learning means your degree from Alaska Pacific University offers plenty of opportunity for real-world field work leading to professional careers.

Expect to collaborate on faculty-led research in areas like marine ecology and monitoring, animal behavior and foraging, and sustainable fisheries. Consider joining our Alaska-based projects like:

  • helping design environmentally smart fishing gear
  • monitoring Aleutian Island sea lion rookeries
  • exploring the behavior of the elusive giant Pacific octopus

Our partners, your network

Our work with agencies and non-governmental organizations involves you in resume-building science that employers value. APU students just like you are competing successfully for:

  • graduate programs in Alaska, Washington and Oregon
  • internships at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska SeaLife Center
  • careers in fisheries management and research, marine observing, environmental consulting

Extend your knowledge—and make the most of your APU tu- ition—with an Eco League academic exchange at sustainability- aware campuses nationwide.

Marine Biology Core

  • Physical Geology
  • Principles of Biology I
  • Principles of Chemistry I
  • Survey and Methods in Environmental Science
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Environmental Physics
  • Principles of Chemistry II
  • Applied Statistics for Environmental Science
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Ecology
  • Human Impacts in Marine Systems Oceanography
  • Junior Practicum
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Scientific Writing
  • Research Methods
  • Seminar Topics in Marine Biology Senior Project

Marine Biology Electives

  • Introduction to Scientific Diving
  • Scientific Diver in Training Level l
  • Aquarium Biology
  • Scientific Diver in Training level II
  • Marine Natural History
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Ichthyology
  • Ecological Physiology of Marine
  • Organisms
  • Marine Mammal Biology
  • Scientific Diving
  • Applied Research
  • Directed Study
  • Coral Reef Ecology
  • Coastal Ecosystems
  • Animal Behavior
  • Climate Change


Application Date Requirements

1 month prior to the start of block or session class

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