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Marine Biology

Department of Biology, Environmental Science, and Athletic Training

Christopher A. Cink, Ph.D., Chair



Waynesburg University in conjunction with Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and Coastal Carolina University (CCU) offers a combined curriculum of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. The program provides for completion of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and liberal arts course work during three years at Waynesburg University and completion of Marine Biology course work in one year at FIT or CCU.

Additional costs, while attending the cooperative university, may be incurred as a result of enrolling in the Marine Biology program. The cost for tuition at FIT ( during the 2022-2023 academic year is $21,623 per semester, and the cost for tuition at CCU ( during the 2022-2023 academic year is $14,245 per semester. These prices do not include costs for room and board.

There are many career opportunities in marine biology, ranging from employment with federal, state or local agencies, nonprofit groups, private consulting groups or laboratories associated with natural resources, wildlife management, or basic scientific research. Students can also pursue careers at professional zoos and aquaria. Additionally, many students continue their education by pursuing an MS or PhD at another institution.

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in the major in order to progress to the junior year and senior year. All required courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C- or higher, and a student may repeat a required course no more than once.

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology the candidate must:

  • Present a minimum of 95 semester hours of credit with a minimum of 45 hours of at least 2.50.
  • Satisfy the specific requirements for the baccalaureate degree at Waynesburg University as set forth in the University catalog.
  • Complete satisfactorily the major courses at FIT or CCU. (Students seeking admission to that institution for the senior year of study should apply during the first semester of the third year.)