Marine Science Undergraduate Program

Jacksonville University Marine Science

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 research settings.

  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 environments.

  The Marine Science major at Jacksonville University emphasizes the multi-disciplined approach necessary to understand the marine environment. 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.
For a summary of the program, please click on the link: Marine Science reference guide

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

 You can take day trips on our own Boston Whaler and group field trips or spend a semester in the Florida Keys (learn more about our study away program: Reef Semester in the 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.

 Jacksonville University's 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 Wildlife Research Institute.


We also offer Marine Science Master programs, and participate in a Master in Public Policy - Marine Science joint program.

Contact Information:
For additional or specific information, you can call or e-mail us:

Dr. Daniel A. McCarthy

Dr. Nisse Goldberg