Top Marine Sciences Bachelors degree Programs - 2022

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 304 degrees awarded in Marine Sciences per year, the majority of them are Bachelors degree. Of the 155 students graduating with degrees at the Bachelors degree level in the US, 70% percent identify as women and 30% 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 the University of Maine, California State University-Monterey Bay and Maine Maritime Academy. The University of Maine is our top ranked institution for a degree in Marine Sciences with 44 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 Natural Sciences Managers. Not only that, Marine Sciences graduates may find a top paying job, such as Natural Sciences Managers or Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists.

Top Paying Careers for Marine Sciences

  1. Natural Sciences Managers   (Median Wage: $137,940)
  2. Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists   (Median Wage: $107,210)
  3. Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers   (Median Wage: $93,580)
  4. Molecular and Cellular Biologists   (Median Wage: $85,290)
  5. Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health   (Median Wage: $73,230)
  6. Postsecondary Teachers, All Other   (Median Wage: $71,950)
  7. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists   (Median Wage: $66,350)
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