Marine Science

Marine Science

Graduate School

The marine science program offers rigorous preparation for graduate study in the sciences, and over half of our graduates enroll in graduate programs either immediately after graduation or after working in the field for one to several years. Eckerd’s solid preparation has enabled students to not only enter Master’s and Ph.D. programs in marine science and oceanography, but also in fields as diverse as biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology, toxicology, biomedical science, environmental science, marine policy and law. Still other students opt for professional schools and earn M.D., D.V.M. and D.D.S. degrees.


Here is a partial listing of graduate institutions that our recent graduates have attended:

  • CaliforniaStateUniversity, Long Beach
  • College of Charleston
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • John Hopkins University
  • Harvard University
  • NOVA Southeastern
  • Oregon State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University
  • Scripps Institute, University of California, San Diego
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • Texas A+M
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Miami
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of SouthFlorida
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • WashingtonStateUniversity
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Student Research

Given the close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and subtropical climate, the Tampa Bay region has a high concentration of marine research and academic institutions. Because of many local connections in the Tampa Bay area, a large number of opportunities are available to our students through government and private marine agencies and laboratories, public aquaria, marine conservation institutions, environmental consulting firms, and commercial aquaculture firms.

$1Mil Renovation Project

GMSL patio

The National Science Foundation awarded Eckerd College $870,720 to renovate research spaces within the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory during the summer of 2011. Eckerd contributions to the project bring the total renovation budget to over $1 million. Learn more.