Program Details


Marine Biology Mission Statement

This major prepares students for graduate school in marine biology or to work as a marine biologist. Opportunities include research in aquaculture, biodiversity, ecology, education, fisheries, pathology, invertebrate zoology, mammalogy, and toxicology. Combined with a basic back ground in general biology, marine biology is essential for continued monitoring of marine organisms and environment for recreation, biodiversity, and food production. All marine biology courses are taken in the summer at the Gulf Coast Research Lab at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The course work credit is given by The University of Southern Mississippi and transferred to Central Methodist upon completion of each summer's work. The student has the option of graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree or a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Programmatic Learning Outcomes

1. The well-prepared Marine Biology major must build a broad base of knowledge in areas including basic biology, research, marine biology, marine mammals, oceanography, invertebrate zoology, ichthyology, and marine ecology.

2. Proper training in Biology and Marine Biology requires laboratory proficiency. Students should be proficient in basic laboratory techniques and collection and analysis of data

3. The well-trained Marine Biology major should be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about biology or marine biology concepts.



For additional guidance and information about the marine biology major, contact CMU's Admissions Department at 660-248-6251, toll-free at 877-CMU-1854, or

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