The interdisciplinary Minor in Marine Biology is open to all UW students with an interest in exploring life in the marine environment. Coursework in the minor includes exciting hands-on learning opportunities, such as field trips, internships, research, courses at UW’s marine field station, Friday Harbor Laboratories, and study abroad programs. We encourage students to declare the marine biology minor during their freshmen or sophomore years and immediately join a community of researchers and students interested in marine organisms, ecosystems, and conservation.

Features of the Marine Biology Minor

  • 35 total credits
  • Can be declared at any time, even before you declare a major
  • Courses are selected across the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, The School of Oceanography, The Department of Biology, and Friday Harbor Laboratories


Students must complete a Bachelor’s degree concurrently with the minor, and may not complete the minor as a standalone academic program. Students earn a Minor in Marine Biology.

Marine Biology Minor Requirements

Why Minor in Marine Biology?

  • Demonstrate your interest and expertise in marine biology while pursuing another major
  • Start taking courses that are also applied to the requirements of related marine science majors in Marine BiologyFisheries, Oceanography and Biology. Start with the minor requirements to explore which major is the best match with your interests
  • Take advantage of courses and research opportunities at the UW’s marine field station at Friday Harbor Laboratories

Declare the Marine Biology Minor

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