Marine Biology (B.S.)


The Marine Biology Degree is a science specialization in marine based biological organisms and ecology.  Offered by the Department of Biology, the Marine Biology program is built on the foundation of the B.S. Biology degree but includes additional science courses necessary for a strong marine biology degree.

Students entering this dynamic field can expect to become involved directly in addressing some of the significant problems related to human impact on critical marine environments. This comprehensive major is designed to meet the needs of students who desire a broadly based education in preparation for field/laboratory careers in such areas as applied marine biology, marine ecology, graduate programs, government service, teaching, and private industry/consulting.

Explore the Marine Biology Program

The study of science is born from the conviction of the fundamental intelligibility of the world. Science at Ave Maria University testifies to the Catholic Church’s confidence in human reason and in its ability to know the truth about God’s creation even apart from the illuminating power of grace. The natural sciences are not simply technological disciplines, but are truly liberal arts education in which we seek to know truth for its own sake. By enabling us to enter the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of physical reality, science instills within the students a deep sense of wonder at the natural universe.

In addition to the core curriculum, Marine Biology majors take the following courses:

  • BIOL 211 Biology I – Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 212 Biology II – Organismal and Population Biology
  • BIOL 220 Zoology
  • BIOL 230 Botany
  • BIOL 240 or BIOL 241 General Ecology
  • BIOL 303 Genetics
  • BIOL 307 Marine Biology
  • BIOL 310 General and Chemical Oceanography
  • BIOL 321 Tropical Ecology and Field Biology
  • BIOL 401 Microbiology
  • BIOL 497 Directed Research
  • CHEM 125 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 125 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I
  • PHYS 211 or 221 Physics I

Two Elective Courses Required Courses in Marine Biology

  • BIOL 211 Biology I – Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 212 Biology II – Organismal and Population Biology
  • BIOL 220 Zoology
  • BIOL 230 Botany
  • BIOL 303 Genetics
  • BIOL 305 Molecular Biology or (BIOL 410 Cell Biology)
  • BIOL 401 Microbiology
  • BIOL 413 Critical Analysis II (or BIOL 497 directed research)
  • CHEM 125 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 126 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • PHYS 211 College Physics I (or PHYS 212 College Physics II)

Jacob Blanchard, Ph.D. (candidate)

Instructor of Biology and Research Fellow
Education: B.A., Biology, Ave Maria University; Ph.D. (candidate), Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University
Office: Henkels 3034
Phone: (239) 304-7130

Stephen Cronin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Molecular & Cellular Biology, Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Biology, University of California, San Diego.
Office: Henkels 3051
Phone: (239) 280-1617

Nicholas Curtis, Ph.D.

Chair of the Biology Department, Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Marine Science & Biology, University of Miami; Ph.D., Cell & Molecular Biology, University of South Florida
Office: Henkels 2053
Phone: (239) 304-7132

Brett Feger, M.S.

Instructor of Biology
Education: B.A., Biology, Knox College; M.S., Zoology, Western Illinois University
Office: Henkels 2066
Phone: (239) 280-1637

Craig Flanagan, Ph.D. (candidate)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Miami; M.S., Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of Miami; DC, Chiropractic, Life University; Ph.D. (candidate), Exercise Physiology, University of Miami
Office: Henkels 2054
Phone: (239) 304-7367
Fax: (239) 280-1607

Ernesto Quintero, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Marine Biology, California State University; Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Maryland
Office: Henkels 3050
Phone: (239) 280-1666

Ladislav Sallai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: M.A., Pharmacy, Comenius University; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of North Dakota
Office: Henkels 3028
Phone: (239) 280-2418

William Serson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: Ph.D., Plant Physiology, University of Kentucky; B.S., Biology Millersville University
Office: Henkel’s Academic Building 2045
Phone: (239) 280-2433

Thomas Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Environmental Biology & Chemistry, Plymouth State University; M.S., Recreation, Western Kentucky University; Ph.D., Environmental Biology, University of Louisville
Office: Henkels 3048
Phone: (239) 280-2536

Students will comprehend some of the significant problems related to human impact on the Marine environment.

Upon Graduation:

Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of marine related problems and possible solutions

Outcome 2: Students will have an understanding of laboratory and field experimentation and different sampling techniques in marine environments.

Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate proficiency in understanding and use of the scientific literature as a tool for research and scholarship.

Outcome 4: Students will gain experience performing original scientific research in Marine Biology.

Outcome 5: Students will demonstrate a foundation in critical thinking skills related to the sciences, including the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, critical analysis of experimental data, and communication of results (oral and written).

Outcome 6: Students will be able to comprehend and understand significant marine issues currently impacting society.