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.

Marine Biology Minor Summary

  • Students earn a Minor in Marine Biology. Students must complete a Bachelor’s degree concurrently with the minor, and may not complete the minor as a standalone academic program.
  • 4 required introductory courses, including marine biology, oceanography, general biology and statistics
  • Advanced electives selected from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, The School of Oceanography, The Department of Biology, and Friday Harbor Labs
  • All students complete an integrative experience requirement to gain research experience either on campus or at Friday Harbor Labs

Requirements

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

Declare the Marine Biology Minor

Current UW undergraduates can declare anytime by scheduling an appointment with the Marine Biology Adviser. The Marine Biology minor can be declared even before selecting a major.

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