Marine Biology is one of many excellent programs in marine and environmental science available at the University of Washington. We encourage you to explore related majors to find the program that is the best fit for your interests and career goals. Many marine biology minors choose to major in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Biology, or Oceanography, but the minor can be paired with any major.
I am most interested in: …how the marine environment impacts & interacts with life in the ocean
topics: Chemical, physical and geological processes that shape the marine environment; engineering of ocean technology
fun fact: UW Oceanography professor, Charles Eriksen and his team of ocean engineers have designed an autonomous underwater explorer (think underwater spaceship) called Deepglider that is investigated deep ocean waters to unlock secrets of climate change.
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Marine Biology minors need not limit themselves to majors in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Oceanography, or Biology. A marine biology minor can complement a variety of majors at the UW campus. Students in the minor come from across the campus: from closely related majors in marine and environmental sciences, to majors in the arts, social sciences and engineering. Your minor might represent a personal interest in the field, or it might relate to your major in surprising ways.
Health sciences: biomedical applications brought by the understanding of how marine organisms function
Engineering: design and engineering of autonomous underwater vehicles used in research
Business/economics: policy and economics of the management of aquatic resources
Social science: coastal community interaction with marine life; climate change impacts
Math/computer science: quantitative modeling of marine populations and environments