Top Marine Sciences Bachelors degree Programs - 2023

A program that focuses on the study of biology, chemistry, geology and physics applied to marine, estuarine and coastal environments. Includes instruction in marine biogeochemistry, atmosphere and ocean dynamics, coastal ecology, coastal ocean processes, microbial ecology, marine ecosystem modeling, and polar microbiology.

For all the 324 degrees awarded in Marine Sciences per year, the majority of them are Bachelors degree. Of the 178 students graduating with degrees at the Bachelors degree level in the US, 62% percent identify as women and 38% percent identify as men. While students at schools all over the country study Marine Sciences, California has the most graduates. The average starting salary for an undergraduate degree in Marine Sciences is $47,533.

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Top Colleges for Marine Sciences

If you’re interested in Marine Sciences, then you should consider these top colleges, including California State University-Monterey Bay, the University of Maine and California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. California State University-Monterey Bay is our top ranked institution for a degree in Marine Sciences with 54 students graduating with this major annually at the Bachelors degree level. Learn more about college options in the table below.

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Careers for Marine Sciences Majors

For Marine Sciences majors, some of the most in demand careers include Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health, Postsecondary Teachers, All Other and Biological Scientists, All Other. Not only that, Marine Sciences graduates may find a top paying job, such as Natural Sciences Managers or Physical Scientists, All Other.

Top Paying Careers for Marine Sciences

  1. Natural Sciences Managers   (Median Wage: $137,900)
  2. Physical Scientists, All Other   (Median Wage: $104,100)
  3. Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers   (Median Wage: $83,680)
  4. Biological Scientists, All Other   (Median Wage: $82,530)
  5. Postsecondary Teachers, All Other   (Median Wage: $78,160)
  6. Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health   (Median Wage: $76,530)
  7. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists   (Median Wage: $64,650)
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