Marine Science

Marine Science

Study Abroad

Eckerd’s strong commitment to international education includes an International Education Office, dedicated to promoting and managing our programs abroad. Students in marine science have a wide range of opportunities to explore the sciences both internationally and at US sites outside the TampaBay area.

Most students go abroad through one of our winter term or spring-into-summer courses. Others study a full semester in a foreign university or participate in formal marine science exchange programs Eckerd has established at Plymouth and Aberdeen Universities (UK) or through Marine Science Exchange, an Eckerd-initiated joint program with the University of the Canary Islands (Spain), the University of Liege (Belgium), and La RochelleUniversity (France). We are also currently developing programs in China, Australia, and Latin America.

Some faculty conduct research abroad and include Eckerd students as assistants in the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, and Panama. Furthermore, the College’s BIOS Galbraith Scholarship provides full travel, housing, and a stipend to send an Eckerd student each summer to conduct research with a resident scientist at Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences. EckerdCollege is also a member of the Sea Education Association, Inc., where students receive land-based instruction in oceanography, nautical science, and maritime affairs, followed by a 6-week research cruise.

Recent off-campus offerings include:

Winter Terms

Florida Keys/Everglades


Costa Rica

Semester Abroad

Canary Islands
Sea Semester
United Kingdom

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.