Why Study Marine Biology at New College?

Take one look at New College’s small class sizes, expert Marine Biology faculty, waterfront location and marine facilities and you will understand why so many students want to pursue their interest in Marine Biology either though coursework only or through an Area of Concentration in Marine Biology here.

Marine Biology area of concentration (AOC)

An Area of Concentration in Marine Biology allows students to build a strong foundation in basic biological concepts, with an emphasis on marine organisms and ecosystems. This program of study is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional studies in marine biology, biological oceanography, or related fields, as well as for professional careers in marine or environmental fields.

New College is situated on Sarasota Bay and our students have the opportunity to study and conduct research at the Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center, located on our Bayfront Campus. The Center is home to more than 100 aquaria, anchored by a 15,000 gallon research and display tank. Each tank in the Living Ecosystem Teaching and Research Aquarium features different captive ecosystems, including a cold-water rocky shore and Sarasota Bay grass flats. Through a natural filtration system designed by students, the Center draws and recycles water from Sarasota Bay.


Recent Theses

  • Effects of Glyphosate on the Odor Detection Behavior of Common Snook (Centropomus undecimalis)
  • Sarasota Bay: a Newly-defined Nursery Area for Blacktip Sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) on the Gulf Coast of Florida
  • The Effects of Fish Waste Nutrient Enrichment on Thalassia testudinum Banks ex König in Sarasota Bay, Florida
  • Mosquito Control to Kayak Trails: the Effects of Mangrove Ditches on the Sarasota Bay Region
  • The Distribution of Cyphoma gibbosum (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Cypraeoidea: Ovulidae) (the Flaming Tongue Gastropod) in Relation to the Presence of the Fungal Disease Aspergillosis on Gorgonia spp. (Anthozoa: Cnidaria: Octocorallia: Gorgoniidae)
  • Visually Mediated Behaviors of the Mantis Shrimp, Pseudosquilla cilliata (Fabricius, 1787) (Crustacea; Stomatopoda; Pseudosquillidae)
  • Population Connectivity of Acropora palmata on Cayos Cochinos, Honduras

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Marine Biology Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Marine Biology and see sample pathways to graduation.

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Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center

New College of Florida is the nation's only liberal arts college with a marine research center located on its campus.

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What Can I Do with a Marine Biology AOC

Learn about career options in this exciting field that combines marine science and oceanography.

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