Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Biology—Marine Emphasis, BS
What is the study of Biology—Marine Emphasis?
Biology is the study of living things, an academic endeavor with a basic research focus on seeking answers to questions rather than on applying biological knowledge to solve problems. As scientists, biologists have two prime motivations: (1) intellectual curiosity about biological systems, and (2) the philosophy that creating and disseminating reliable knowledge has intrinsic worth. Thus, we intend for our intensive academic program to stimulate our students’ curiosity and appetite for life-long learning about biology.
The B.S. Biology – Marine Emphasis provides a thorough introduction to the basic areas of biology and supporting sciences while allowing specialization in marine biology. The supporting courses for the major in math, physics, and chemistry, along with the biology core curriculum at the 200-level and 300-level, plus one 400-level course in evolution, fulfill the goals of a liberal arts education. Students select 300-level and 400-level specialty courses that focus on marine biology. In these courses students not only pursue their interests more specifically, but begin to integrate and apply knowledge, and develop the skills and abilities to pursue careers of their choosing.
Hence, the integrated conceptual foundation in biology, the critical thinking skills, quantitative problem-solving abilities, leadership with team-building skills, and scientific research skills students obtain from lecture and laboratory courses in the B.S. Biology curriculum ultimately are critical for post-baccalaureate studies and future job performance. We expect that students who graduate with a B.S. or B.A. in Biology can apply their education to a variety of jobs across careers.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Marine biology is the study of the structure and function of marine organisms and their relationship with the environment. This degree provides students with a solid foundation in all of the major sub-disciplines of biology with emphasis on the biology of marine organisms and their environments. A diploma granted under this major will indicate “Bachelor of Science”; official transcripts will indicate Biology – Marine Emphasis.
- Marine Scientist
- Fishery Biologist
- Conservation Biologist
- Lab Technician