Education is at the core of the Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center's mission. Faculty and staff strive to provide authentic, hands-on research experiences to exceptionally talented undergraduates who will become the next generation of scientific research and conservation leaders.
The Marine Biology Area of Concentration prepares 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. Marine courses are taught in the LETRA classroom and the teaching wet lab, and Sarasota Bay serves as our “living laboratory” for teaching activities. Classes also incorporate field trips to local aquariums, such as Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Aquarium, Myakka State Park, Selby Gardens, and Tidy Island. Study abroad field courses include Coral Reef Ecology in Bocas del Toro, Panama (offered during January) and Coral Reef Issues in Cayo Cochinos, Honduras (offered during the summer) Senior thesis projects typically have substantial laboratory and/or field components.
The Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center also strives to serve the community through its outreach programs. The PUSH/SUCCESS summer program, now in its 20th year, provides life-changing experiences for middle and high school students, inspiring them to take an interest in the marine environment and in STEM careers. Throughout the year, marine science center faculty provide training for K-12 teachers to enhance the STEM curriculum in the local public school system through our Teacher Workshops.