Information for Students

Prospective Students

About Marine Biology

There are numerous places to learn about careers in Marine Biology. One of the best web sites is Dr. Jeff Levinton's Marine Biology Web.

Undergraduate B.Sc. Programs at Western Washington University

Specialization in marine science usually occurs at the graduate level. Undergraduate students planning for careers in marine biology should obtain a solid foundation in an area of science such as biology, environmental science, chemistry, physics, or geology by obtaining a bachelor's degree in one of these fields. Although students enrolled in these programs will frequently take courses with a marine emphasis, the goal at the Bachelor's level should be to obtain a broad education in their field of study. The Biology Department and Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University both offer excellent undergraduate programs that provide a solid foundation in their respective disciplines while offering students a chance to take marine-oriented courses at the Shannon Point Marine Center.

Students interested in pursuing undergraduate study in Marine Sciences at Western Washington University should review information about the Marine Science Program.


Marine and Estuarine Science Master's Program

Students interested in graduate studies at the Master's level should apply through the Marine and Estuarine Science Program (MESP). Western Washington University does not offer a Ph.D. program. The following links provide information that will be helpful for students considering graduate studies:

SPMC Students


Graduate Students

National Undergraduate Program at SPMC

The Shannon Point Marine Center hosts an undergraduate internship-type program funded by the National Science Foundation.

  • The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (REU) is a 9 week long summer program open to all US citizens and permanent residents. Students participating in this program are typically between their junior and senior years of college. The program provides students with travel, housing and a stipend.

Other Summer Internship programs

Marine Science and the Arts

  • The Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) and the College of Fine & Performing Arts are jointly sponsoring a summer internship for WWU undergraduates who are majoring in some aspect of the arts. The internship is part of the marine center’s well-established summer program for undergraduates. The student selected to receive the internship will join 8 other students from WWU and from around the nation who will be spending nine weeks in residence at the marine center located in Anacortes, WA. While SPMC has operated undergraduate research programs in the marine sciences for more than 20 years, bringing the arts to the program is a new feature. It is anticipated that the student intern, in association with a faculty adviser, will be stimulated by the activities at SPMC and the marine environment to apply his/her artistic talents to whatever medium is appropriate. At the conclusion of the summer program, the intern will provide a showing of the results of the project coincident with the presentations made by the other summer interns.


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