Why Marine Science at Eckerd?

Outstanding facilities, a prime waterfront location and an undergraduate program widely regarded as one of the finest and most unique in the country

The marine science program at Eckerd College offers an excellent and comprehensive hands-on curriculum that is designed to serve as part of a liberal arts education, providing an awareness of the marine environment and its significance to humankind, so that our students may be better prepared to solve complex environmental and scientific problems.

Our unique curriculum offers four areas of specialization:

  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Chemistry
  • Marine Geology
  • Marine Geophysics

In addition to these disciplines, we offer a broad range of elective courses, internship and research opportunities, and study abroad programs. Our ideal waterfront location near the Gulf of Mexico allows us to utilize the surrounding coastal environments in our courses and research programs, making it a perfect place to study marine science.

Photo by Isabel Moyer ’23

Undergrads only

You can earn a marine science degree in the context of an education at a private national liberal arts college, the only one in Florida. At Eckerd, you won’t compete with graduate students for faculty attention, as our efforts are dedicated entirely to educating undergraduates.


Because many of today’s pressing issues in marine science must be addressed from a variety of perspectives, our program is interdisciplinary. In addition to specializing in a particular track of either marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, or marine geophysics, you will also become broadly educated in aspects of marine science outside your specialty. We also offer a range of elective courses and other ways of exploring areas of interest.

Areas of interest

One of the many advantages that Eckerd students have is the chance to explore a wide range of subjects of personal and professional interest. Opportunities include study in the following:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Aquaculture
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal Geology
  • Coral Reefs
  • Crustacean Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Hydrothermal Vents
  • Ichthyology
  • Invasive Species
  • Marine Botany
  • Marine Chemistry
  • Marine Invertebrates
  • Marine Mammals
  • Marine Population
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Sea Turtles
  • Seismology
  • Sharks & Rays
  • Tropical Marine Ecology