|What's the best degree to get for Marine Biology?|
|Question Date: 2019-01-25|
Not to appear condescending, but a degree in
Marine Biology would be appropriate. Many schools
programs. These are often Masters and PhD
A Bachelor's degree in a
discipline other than Marine Biology could still
be good preparation. There is more choice at this
lower and less-specialized level, such as
ecology, and zoology.
UCSB offers a number of these related majors at the
undergraduate level, as well as
It depends on what job you're interested in
pursuing as a marine biologist. A Bachelor of
Science degree is a good place to begin and will
qualify you for many marine biology positions. If
you're interested in research, a Master's degree
might be needed. If you're interested in
your own research and/or teaching college
students, a PhD is most likely required. For now,
1) looking for people that have a job
you'd like to have and see what degree they have
(e.g., what experience(s) did they have that
helped them get that job?) and
intern or work with a marine biologist or an
organization that focuses on marine biology to get
your own sense of the field and which direction
you may want to pursue. It's just as important
knowing what you like to do as it is knowing what
you don't like to do! Good luck!
Marine Biology is a wonderful and exciting career
option. Possible paths are ocean engineering,
conservation, education, health sciences, or
Marine and ocean sciences are becoming
increasingly important as we try to clean and
maintain our oceans and save our ocean creatures.
Choosing a school with water nearby is important
because the programs will center around you
actually getting some hands on experience! I would
say of all the marine biology programs, those
focusing on ecology and conservation will be in
the highest demand over the next decade and
provide a very rewarding career path.
UCSB is now
ranked 7th in the US and has a wonderful hands on
marine biology program that allows you to
interact with the ocean around campus!
Some universities (like UC Santa Barbara) actually
have a degree in marine biology. Barring that, I
would go for a degree in ecology or organismal
biology, depending on what kind of marine biology
you want to do.
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