Marine science is the interdisciplinary study of the oceans,
estuaries, and inland seas of the world.
The distinguishing resource available to marine
science students is the University's location on the banks of the St.
Johns River and its close proximity to numerous marine estuaries and the
Atlantic Ocean, giving students access to a variety of marine habitats
for campus research projects. The Reid Medical Sciences, Nelms
Science buildings, and the Marine Science Research Center house the marine science programs. The R/V
Dolphin, a 25-foot Boston Whaler with a LORAN navigation system,
enables student to participate in off-campus field work assignments.
Specialized equipment includes several electronic means of sampling
water quality, including a MPM4000 data logger with the capability of
recording data continuously for up to one month. The Department of
Biology and Marine Science has a working wet lab with an aeration
system, numerous aquaria and facilities to maintain various marine and
freshwater organisms. An aquaculture
compound supports freshwater fish aquaculture. The department also
provides a variety of spectrophotometers, centrifuges, incubators and
microscopes for the use of students and faculty in laboratory and
For more than 50 years, Jacksonville University has
claimed the dolphin as its mascot. Now can you imagine living with real
dolphins – plus manatee,
sharks, stingrays and more – in your own backyard? Our marine science
students have direct campus access to the St. Johns River and are only
minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. Plus, within two hours, you can be in
an estuary, spring-fed river, sea grass marsh, mangrove, coral reef or
cypress swamp. There’s no better place to experience a range of marine
marine science major at Jacksonville
University emphasizes the multi-disciplined approach necessary to
understand the marine environment. Using a core of biology courses, the
major includes elements of chemistry, physics, and physical science, as
well as life sciences. Students may focus their studies in one or more
of these areas by careful selection of their elective courses.
When you come, be prepared to get your feet wet! In
classes and labs, for research projects and internships, for field trips
and student clubs, you’ll be wading through diverse marine environments
with your professors and classmates. Our faculty have active,
grant-funded research projects that provide ample opportunities for
students to get involved. Please take a moment to visit the Manatee
Research Center Online (MARCO) at http://www.ju.edu/marco.
You can take day trips on our own Boston Whaler and
group field trips to the Florida Keys, the southeast Georgia islands and
marine research facilities. You’ll also find opportunities to design
your own research projects, plan activities for the Student Oceanic
Society, and pursue internships in jobs in marine science and
environmentally related fields.
marine science graduates have gone on to successful
careers in a variety of areas. Some of their employers include Sea
World, Naval Oceanographic Office, Maryland Department of Natural
Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Division of Parks and
Recreation, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Florida Fish and
We also offer Marine Science Master programs, and participate in a Master in Public Policy - Marine Science joint program.
For additional or specific information, you can call or e-mail us:
Dr. Daniel A. McCarthy
Dr. Lee Ann Clements
Office of Admission
(904) 256-7000 or (800) 225-2027 (toll-free)