Marine Biology is one of many excellent programs in marine and environmental science available at the University of Washington. These related programs can be paired with a Minor in Marine Biology or pursued as part of a double major. We encourage you to explore related majors to find the program that is the best fit for your interests and career goals.
Aquatic and Fishery Sciences studies aquatic organisms, the rivers, lakes and oceans in which they live, and how we conserve them. The degree draws on the disciplines of natural history, physiology, ecology, evolution and quantitative sciences, and applies these principles to conservation and management of natural resources. All students complete a year-long faculty mentored capstone project.
Biology studies life from the molecular, cellular, organismal, community, and global perspectives. The field examines the origins and evolution of organisms, as well as chemical and cellular processes, physiology, behavior, and relationships to the environment and to larger populations across ecosystems.
Oceanography studies the dynamics of how the ocean regulates climate, how ocean acidification affects all marine organisms, how hydrothermal vents sustain unique lifeforms of earth and geological processes at our coasts affect lives and how 50% of our oxygen comes from plankton. It brings ecology, chemistry, physics and geology together to help predict how life on earth is sustained. Students work with individual faculty on a research project with a major interdisciplinary cruise as a senior thesis.
Other Related Majors
Students need not limit themselves to majors in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Oceanography, or Biology. Marine Biology can complement a variety of majors at the UW campus.