Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

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#1

#1 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Eckerd College
Saint Petersburg, FL

Acceptance Rate

65%

Annual Degrees Awarded

80

SAT Score

1,150–1,320

Est. Net Price *

$41,857

Median Starting Salary

$55,571

#2

#2 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC

Acceptance Rate

79%

Annual Degrees Awarded

117

SAT Score

1,030–1,200

Est. Net Price *

$14,016

Median Starting Salary

$53,413

#3

#3 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Roger Williams University
Bristol, RI

Acceptance Rate

91%

Annual Degrees Awarded

41

SAT Score

1,140–1,290

Est. Net Price *

$37,964

Median Starting Salary

$61,339

#4

#4 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, NC

Acceptance Rate

69%

Annual Degrees Awarded

86

SAT Score

1,200–1,350

Est. Net Price *

$18,709

Median Starting Salary

$51,010

#5

#5 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of New England
Biddeford, ME

Acceptance Rate

96%

Annual Degrees Awarded

35

SAT Score

1,050–1,240

Est. Net Price *

$38,809

Median Starting Salary

$57,658

#6

#6 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Texas A&M University-College Station
College Station, TX

Acceptance Rate

63%

Annual Degrees Awarded

108

SAT Score

1,170–1,400

Est. Net Price *

$20,375

Median Starting Salary

$50,041

#7

#7 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

Acceptance Rate

19%

Annual Degrees Awarded

42

SAT Score

1,340–1,480

Est. Net Price *

$36,467

Median Starting Salary

$48,916

#8

#8 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Acceptance Rate

24%

Annual Degrees Awarded

85

SAT Score

1,290–1,490

Est. Net Price *

$16,111

Median Starting Salary

$45,490

#9

#9 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of South Carolina-Columbia
Columbia, SC

Acceptance Rate

64%

Annual Degrees Awarded

55

SAT Score

1,220–1,400

Est. Net Price *

$22,427

Median Starting Salary

$53,280

#10

#10 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Florida Southern College
Lakeland, FL

Acceptance Rate

57%

Annual Degrees Awarded

26

SAT Score

1,100–1,310

Est. Net Price *

$27,324

Median Starting Salary

$53,327

#11

#11 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of California-Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

Acceptance Rate

47%

Annual Degrees Awarded

66

SAT Score

1,180–1,390

Est. Net Price *

$17,975

Median Starting Salary

$47,691

#12

#12 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY

Acceptance Rate

49%

Annual Degrees Awarded

44

SAT Score

1,320–1,500

Est. Net Price *

$17,213

Median Starting Salary

$46,487

#13

#13 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA

Acceptance Rate

48%

Annual Degrees Awarded

47

SAT Score

1,230–1,460

Est. Net Price *

$10,603

Median Starting Salary

$46,431

#14

#14 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hilo, HI

Acceptance Rate

84%

Annual Degrees Awarded

30

SAT Score

920–1,130

Est. Net Price *

$13,867

Median Starting Salary

$49,204

#15

#15 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

The University of Tampa
Tampa, FL

Acceptance Rate

26%

Annual Degrees Awarded

43

SAT Score

1,100–1,270

Est. Net Price *

$34,653

Median Starting Salary

$54,830

#16

#16 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Stockton University
Galloway, NJ

Acceptance Rate

86%

Annual Degrees Awarded

38

SAT Score

1,050–1,250

Est. Net Price *

$18,515

Median Starting Salary

$52,172

#17

#17 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Hawaii Pacific University
Honolulu, HI

Acceptance Rate

87%

Annual Degrees Awarded

25

SAT Score

1,060–1,260

Est. Net Price *

$30,501

Median Starting Salary

$50,565

#18

#18 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Maine Maritime Academy
Castine, ME

Acceptance Rate

58%

Annual Degrees Awarded

6

SAT Score

1,090–1,290

Est. Net Price *

$19,964

Median Starting Salary

$55,110

#19

#19 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI

Acceptance Rate

73%

Annual Degrees Awarded

43

SAT Score

990–1,210

Est. Net Price *

$13,639

Median Starting Salary

$49,424

#20

#20 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

Acceptance Rate

40%

Annual Degrees Awarded

48

SAT Score

1,030–1,240

Est. Net Price *

$9,346

Median Starting Salary

$47,350

#21

#21 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

College of Charleston
Charleston, SC

Acceptance Rate

76%

Annual Degrees Awarded

32

SAT Score

1,150–1,330

Est. Net Price *

$21,120

Median Starting Salary

$52,087

#22

#22 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

The University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL

Acceptance Rate

48%

Annual Degrees Awarded

36

SAT Score

1,070–1,260

Est. Net Price *

$8,609

Median Starting Salary

$49,074

#23

#23 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

Acceptance Rate

76%

Annual Degrees Awarded

30

SAT Score

1,060–1,280

Est. Net Price *

$20,695

Median Starting Salary

$56,016

#24

#24 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Puerto Rico-Humacao
Humacao, PR

Acceptance Rate

52%

Annual Degrees Awarded

18

SAT Score

980–1,210

Est. Net Price *

$13,158

Median Starting Salary

$51,849

#25

#25 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Florida International University
Miami, FL

Acceptance Rate

64%

Annual Degrees Awarded

30

SAT Score

1,070–1,250

Est. Net Price *

$9,881

Median Starting Salary

$46,786

#26

#26 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Boston University
Boston, MA

Acceptance Rate

14%

Annual Degrees Awarded

11

SAT Score

1,370–1,500

Est. Net Price *

$27,829

Median Starting Salary

$52,308

#27

#27 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ

Acceptance Rate

66%

Annual Degrees Awarded

18

SAT Score

1,280–1,480

Est. Net Price *

$17,535

Median Starting Salary

$47,774

#28

#28 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Acceptance Rate

9%

Annual Degrees Awarded

15

SAT Score

1,320–1,540

Est. Net Price *

$16,999

Median Starting Salary

$44,411

#29

#29 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Acceptance Rate

76%

Annual Degrees Awarded

25

SAT Score

1,040–1,310

Est. Net Price *

$29,589

Median Starting Salary

$48,364

#30

#30 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Delaware
Newark, DE

Acceptance Rate

74%

Annual Degrees Awarded

18

SAT Score

1,200–1,370

Est. Net Price *

$18,044

Median Starting Salary

$58,714

#31

#31 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Acceptance Rate

86%

Annual Degrees Awarded

25

SAT Score

1,160–1,370

Est. Net Price *

$22,077

Median Starting Salary

$50,371

#32

#32 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Jacksonville University
Jacksonville, FL

Acceptance Rate

58%

Annual Degrees Awarded

19

SAT Score

1,060–1,240

Est. Net Price *

$26,943

Median Starting Salary

$50,172

#33

#33 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, FL

Acceptance Rate

64%

Annual Degrees Awarded

15

SAT Score

1,120–1,320

Est. Net Price *

$30,752

Median Starting Salary

$44,185

#34

#34 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Alaska Southeast
Juneau, AK

Acceptance Rate

63%

Annual Degrees Awarded

6

SAT Score

900–1,140

Est. Net Price *

$9,823

Median Starting Salary

$51,849

#35

#35 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

Acceptance Rate

55%

Annual Degrees Awarded

8

SAT Score

1,240–1,450

Est. Net Price *

$23,985

Median Starting Salary

$51,626

#36

#36 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of the Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie, VI

Acceptance Rate

97%

Annual Degrees Awarded

8

SAT Score

830–1,010

Est. Net Price *

$9,909

Median Starting Salary

$48,602

#37

#37 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Acceptance Rate

7%

Annual Degrees Awarded

16

SAT Score

1,450–1,550

Est. Net Price *

$35,827

Median Starting Salary

$50,966

#38

#38 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS

Acceptance Rate

99%

Annual Degrees Awarded

28

SAT Score

1,040–1,280

Est. Net Price *

$14,427

Median Starting Salary

$48,855

#39

#39 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Auburn University
Auburn, AL

Acceptance Rate

44%

Annual Degrees Awarded

11

SAT Score

1,190–1,380

Est. Net Price *

$25,271

Median Starting Salary

$52,393

#40

#40 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL

Acceptance Rate

80%

Annual Degrees Awarded

16

SAT Score

1,140–1,410

Est. Net Price *

$20,592

Median Starting Salary

$52,364

#41

#41 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Unity College
New Gloucester, ME

Acceptance Rate

94%

Annual Degrees Awarded

9

SAT Score

--

Est. Net Price *

$18,554

Median Starting Salary

$55,941

#42

#42 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Rollins College
Winter Park, FL

Acceptance Rate

50%

Annual Degrees Awarded

4

SAT Score

1,170–1,350

Est. Net Price *

$35,317

Median Starting Salary

$51,005

#43

#43 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Samford University
Birmingham, AL

Acceptance Rate

83%

Annual Degrees Awarded

4

SAT Score

1,130–1,320

Est. Net Price *

$31,803

Median Starting Salary

$56,808

#44

#44 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Fayette, MO

Acceptance Rate

98%

Annual Degrees Awarded

7

SAT Score

970–1,140

Est. Net Price *

$24,828

Median Starting Salary

$51,141

#45

#45 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Acceptance Rate

44%

Annual Degrees Awarded

4

SAT Score

1,150–1,340

Est. Net Price *

$11,004

Median Starting Salary

$46,696

#46

#46 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of New Haven
West Haven, CT

Acceptance Rate

91%

Annual Degrees Awarded

13

SAT Score

1,090–1,270

Est. Net Price *

$33,135

Median Starting Salary

$56,738

#47

#47 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

Acceptance Rate

93%

Annual Degrees Awarded

18

SAT Score

1,150–1,350

Est. Net Price *

$21,105

Median Starting Salary

$50,915

#48

#48 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, MO

Acceptance Rate

86%

Annual Degrees Awarded

13

SAT Score

970–1,180

Est. Net Price *

$14,197

Median Starting Salary

$53,812

#49

#49 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT

Acceptance Rate

66%

Annual Degrees Awarded

1

SAT Score

860–1,040

Est. Net Price *

$45,280

Median Starting Salary

$61,634

#50

#50 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

Acceptance Rate

91%

Annual Degrees Awarded

5

SAT Score

950–1,200

Est. Net Price *

$13,742

Median Starting Salary

$51,064

#51

#51 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Waynesburg University
Waynesburg, PA

Acceptance Rate

76%

Annual Degrees Awarded

3

SAT Score

970–1,210

Est. Net Price *

$22,281

Median Starting Salary

$55,881

#52

#52 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
East Stroudsburg, PA

Acceptance Rate

94%

Annual Degrees Awarded

12

SAT Score

950–1,170

Est. Net Price *

$17,278

Median Starting Salary

$53,636

#53

#53 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Wisconsin Lutheran College
Milwaukee, WI

Acceptance Rate

94%

Annual Degrees Awarded

1

SAT Score

1,110–1,280

Est. Net Price *

$22,682

Median Starting Salary

$54,786

#54

#54 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon
Bayamon, PR

Acceptance Rate

34%

Annual Degrees Awarded

13

SAT Score

--

Est. Net Price *

$9,205

Median Starting Salary

$45,952

#55

#55 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Maine
Orono, ME

Acceptance Rate

94%

Annual Degrees Awarded

3

SAT Score

1,080–1,340

Est. Net Price *

$17,617

Median Starting Salary

$53,315

#56

#56 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Mobile
Mobile, AL

Acceptance Rate

84%

Annual Degrees Awarded

3

SAT Score

1,080–1,280

Est. Net Price *

$22,260

Median Starting Salary

$51,244

#57

#57 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

Acceptance Rate

77%

Annual Degrees Awarded

8

SAT Score

1,010–1,240

Est. Net Price *

$14,219

Median Starting Salary

$47,454

#58

#58 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Salem State University
Salem, MA

Acceptance Rate

93%

Annual Degrees Awarded

1

SAT Score

990–1,210

Est. Net Price *

$19,277

Median Starting Salary

$52,162

#59

#59 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
Teaneck, NJ

Acceptance Rate

84%

Annual Degrees Awarded

1

SAT Score

930–1,180

Est. Net Price *

$16,030

Median Starting Salary

$52,008

#60

#60 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Savannah State University
Savannah, GA

Acceptance Rate

46%

Annual Degrees Awarded

9

SAT Score

850–1,000

Est. Net Price *

$9,452

Median Starting Salary

$46,405

#61

#61 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Edinburg, TX

Acceptance Rate

88%

Annual Degrees Awarded

9

SAT Score

890–1,110

Est. Net Price *

$8,105

Median Starting Salary

$48,329

#62

#62 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Hampton University
Hampton, VA

Acceptance Rate

74%

Annual Degrees Awarded

2

SAT Score

870–1,240

Est. Net Price *

$32,421

Median Starting Salary

$53,269

#63

#63 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of West Alabama
Livingston, AL

Acceptance Rate

69%

Annual Degrees Awarded

5

SAT Score

930–1,080

Est. Net Price *

$13,786

Median Starting Salary

$48,888

#64

#64 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Troy University
Troy, AL

Acceptance Rate

95%

Annual Degrees Awarded

3

SAT Score

940–1,180

Est. Net Price *

$13,187

Median Starting Salary

$49,689

#65

#65 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Ave Maria University
Ave Maria, FL

Acceptance Rate

44%

Annual Degrees Awarded

1

SAT Score

1,050–1,280

Est. Net Price *

$21,078

Median Starting Salary

$56,556

#66

#66 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of North Alabama
Florence, AL

Acceptance Rate

96%

Annual Degrees Awarded

1

SAT Score

1,040–1,240

Est. Net Price *

$9,837

Median Starting Salary

$50,333

#67

#67 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Southwestern College
Winfield, KS

Acceptance Rate

70%

Annual Degrees Awarded

3

SAT Score

930–1,120

Est. Net Price *

$27,003

Median Starting Salary

$50,571

#68

#68 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

University of Puerto Rico at Ponce
Ponce, PR

Acceptance Rate

54%

Annual Degrees Awarded

1

SAT Score

930–1,220

Est. Net Price *

$5,006

Median Starting Salary

$51,849

#69

#69 Best College for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the U.S.

Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL

Acceptance Rate

97%

Annual Degrees Awarded

1

SAT Score

870–1,040

Est. Net Price *

$13,176

Median Starting Salary

$49,924

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About Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

A program that focuses on the scientific study of the ecology and behavior of microbes, plants, and animals inhabiting oceans, coastal waters, and saltwater wetlands and their interactions with the physical environment. Includes instruction in chemical, physical, and geological oceanography; molecular, cellular, and biochemical studies; marine microbiology; marine botany; ichthyology; mammalogy; marine population dynamics and biodiversity; reproductive biology; studies of specific species, phyla, habitats, and ecosystems; marine paleocology and palentology; and applications to fields such as fisheries science and biotechnology.

Students who are passionate about Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography can study up to a Masters degree. Currently, 1,966 students earn a some level of degree in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography around the country each year. More students graduate with a degree in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in Florida than any other state. The average annual income for an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography is $42,090.

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Careers

The highest paying job for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography majors is Biological Scientists, All Other. However, something else to consider is how many job openings there currently is. A job that is in high need that a degree in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography can prepare you for is Biological Technicians.

Top Paying Careers

These are the highest paying careers for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography majors.

Most In-Demand Careers

These are the careers in highest demand for Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography majors.

Student Demographics

Total Students
1,608
Female Students
1,122 (69%)
Male Students
486 (30%)

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