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From streams to rivers, coral reefs to oceans, the aquatic biology concentration at SFA offers courses in both freshwater and marine biology for a robust education in ecosystems, ecology and aquatic species. Our research-focused curriculum gives students valuable research opportunities under the direction of SFA’s biology faculty members, who are groundbreaking researchers in their fields.
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Freshwater biologists learn the skills necessary to understand and manage freshwater ecosystems, the species that live within them, and the ecosystems at the intersection between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Marine biologists work in zoological settings, for monitoring organizations like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with nongovernmental organizations, and in zoo and aquarium settings.
Our students can intern with state partner institutions, like the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas river authorities, which allow them to experience the day-to-day work of fishery science and conservation.
Research opportunities include wild studies in Galveston Bay, along with hands-on science in picturesque locations, including Bermuda, Big Island Hawaii and Oahu, with leading conservation partners like Dolphin Quest, as well as research in Atlanta at the world-famous Georgia Aquarium.
Undergraduate programs and requirements
Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in aquatic biology
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biology with an emphasis in aquatic biology explore aquatic systems through a variety of scientific disciplines. Students will take courses that are designed to inform and prepare them for the varying professions in freshwater and marine sciences.