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Marine Science, B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

Make a splash with our marine science program, where you dive deep to understand all aspects of the world’s interconnected waters, from mountain streams to ocean trenches.

In marine science, you will develop a broad knowledge of the field and the ability to apply principles from geological, physical, chemical and biological marine science. You will learn all aspects of research, from collecting water samples to analyzing results in a lab, preparing you to work in research, conservation, education and other careers.

Program Highlights

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    Baruch Marine Field Lab

    Practice research techniques at our exclusive Baruch Marine Field Lab at the coast.

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    Riverbanks Zoo Internship

    Get up close and personal with aquatic animals through an internship program at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia.

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    Study Abroad

    Take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, and study marine science at sites around the world.

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    Top Scholars

    Leading producer of NOAA Hollings Scholars, who receive a scholarship and a summer research experience with professional marine scientists.

What You’ll Study

Marine science majors take a series of core courses covering the geological, biological, chemical and physical areas of oceanography and then choose upper-level major courses to tailor the degree to their specific interests. Pursue specific areas of emphasis in further detail, and get them listed on your transcripts upon graduation.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

  • Data Simulation

    Using mathematical or statistical models to replicate real-world scenarios and predict outcomes

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

    Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Animal Trainer
  • Coral Ecologist
  • Deep Sea Biologist
  • Scientist

Workplace Settings

  • Science
  • Education
  • Research

I was deeply impressed by the breadth of the Marine Science Program. The structure is incredibly conducive to diverse careers in marine science, and the class offerings lined up with exactly the kind of education I was looking for in preparation for my career.

Ben Hurley
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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