Marine Biology

Faculty: Faculty of Science, Applied Science, and Engineering
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
Campus: Saint John

UNB Saint John is one of only a few university campuses in Canada offering a BSc. in marine biology.

Still waters

With professors internationally recognized in the field and its ideal location on the Saint John Kennebecasis River estuarine complex, the campus is well equipped to offer this program.

The marine biology program is a general synopsis of the discipline with special emphasis on Canadian east coast waters. Marine biology students receive a broad, basic training that will allow them to qualify for a wide range of employment opportunities, both in Canada and abroad.

At work

Past graduates are employed in:

  • government departments
  • consulting companies
  • research companies
  • private enterprises
  • aquaculture industry
  • universities

Students with good records from UNB or elsewhere may pursue postgraduate research and training in marine biology at the MSc. or PhD level in Saint John.

Marine semester

Based at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre (HMSC) in picturesque St. Andrews, the marine semester is an intensive, 13-week immersion semester offered on a biennial basis, in a marine setting and providing students with a hands-on study experience of diverse marine organisms, including mammals (whales and seals), seabirds, algae, fish and invertebrates.

Course of study

The semester consists of five courses worth a total of 20 credit hours. It is equivalent to a full-semester course load, and students are expected to take all five courses.

Three courses run for two to four consecutive weeks each, and two run throughout the semester.

The semester involves lectures, research seminars, discussions, labs, field trips and independent research projects. It is designed to promote critical thinking and expose students to innovative research in marine biology.

For more information, see the Department of Biological Sciences.

Admission requirements

For admission requirements, select "Science" in our admission requirements tool.

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