About the Program

The Grice Marine Laboratory, about 10 miles from the main campus, houses the Graduate Program in Marine Biology. Several partner institutions contribute faculty, including the South Carolina DNR, the Charleston Laboratory of the National Ocean Services (NOAA), and the Hollings Marine Laboratory. The program is research-oriented, and a thesis is required of all students. A wide variety of research opportunities include fisheries biology, marine conservation, aquatic toxicology, mariculture, marine mammal biology, and biomedicine/biotechnology.

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Program Learning Outcomes: Skills and Knowledge

  1. Acquire foundational knowledge in marine biology and related sciences.
    Program students obtain foundational knowledge of a) the biology of marine organisms, b) the ocean environment, and c) the practice of science.
  2. Students demonstrate ability to clearly and effectively communicate scientific results. 
  3. All students will conduct a marine biology research project, and orally defend their work and submit a written thesis.   

Modalities of Instruction


Aspirational Career Sector

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