Occidental’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean offers you a living laboratory for studying marine biology.

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You can serve as a research assistant for Oxy’s Vantuna Research Group, which has been monitoring and researching the marine environment of Southern and Baja California since 1966. Past students have spent semesters abroad studying in Australia, New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands, and in other locations adjacent to the South Pacific, Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Our marine biology program is part of the Southern California Marine Institute, a consortium of 23 local colleges, universities and organizations that pool their resources to promote the study of the near shore environment.

Your marine biology training will put you in an excellent position to enroll in top graduate programs, including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the University of Hawai’i Manoa. You might also pursue a career in biotechnology, environmental science, teaching, aquarium science, research, commercial fishery management, and federal and state marine wildlife programs.