Marine biology at the University of Washington (UW) spans the entire campus, connecting scientists from a diverse array of disciplines. Faculty, staff, and students studying marine biology come from award-winning departments such as Oceanography, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Biology and others. All of us are dedicated to the study of life in the marine world, human impacts, and conservation efforts.
Studying Marine Biology at UW
The UW trains many future marine biologists. Incoming undergraduate students interested in marine biology can:
- Take a class - FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250 is an excellent introduction to the field of Marine Biology (offered Autumn & Summer)
- Declare the marine biology minor upon entering the UW. Undergraduates can also declare the marine biology minor at any time during their degrees as a companion to any major discipline. Marine Biology is the only UW minor that can be declared before you have declared a major.
- Explore or declare one of the majors that marine biology undergraduates often pursue: Oceanography, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Biology.
- Plan a quarter of study at our marine station, Friday Harbor Laboratories. Earn credits towards your minor or major while living in the beautiful San Juan Islands.
Because the UW is connected intimately to the Puget Sound and Pacific coastal areas, all marine biology coursework emphasizes hands-on learning.
Marine Biology Community
In addition to the marine biology minor and related majors, the UW has many opportunities for students and UW community members to explore the marine environment through courses and events offered through programs and departments in the environmental and biological sciences.