What is marine biology?
Marine biology is the study of marine organisms and their interactions with their environment. The marine biology minor will give you an introduction to this wide-ranging discipline, which covers everything from the smallest aquatic microbes to the largest marine mammals. You’ll have the opportunity to explore ecology, evolution, biodiversity, behavior and seaweed, fish and shellfish aquaculture. Combine this minor with a major such as biology, neuroscience, marine policy, wildlife conservation, education or environmental studies to enhance your career opportunities or prepare for graduate study.
Why study marine biology at UNH?
State-of-the-art facilities, hands-on learning with an emphasis on undergraduate student research, and an incredible location make UNH the perfect place to study marine biology. The university is close to the New Hampshire Seacoast, providing endless opportunities to study aquatic organisms and their ecosystems. UNH has aquaculture facilities and coastal and estuarine research laboratories such as Jackson Estuarine Laboratory and Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex. Meanwhile, Shoals Marine Laboratory administers the summer undergraduate programs in collaboration with Cornell University on Appledore Island,off the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine. Together, these facilities offer exceptional opportunities to in both research and scholarship.
Potential career areas
- Ecological restoration
- Environmental protection
- Fisheries management