Marine Biology

Marine biology is the study of marine organisms, their behaviours and interactions with the environment. The marine biology major provides a wealth of experiential learning opportunities for students with a combination of wet labs, field trips and project-based courses. Get out of the classroom and into the sea at our Bonne Bay Marine Station or observe our family of harp seals at the Ocean Sciences Centre.


Marine Biology at Memorial

Each year we offer a number of exciting field courses at the Bonne Bay Marine Station, located in Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of the province. This world-class research and teaching facility is dedicated to marine ecology studies and has laboratories, boats, a resource centre, aquarium, multimedia theatre and residence accommodations.

The Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) is a cold-ocean research facility located in Logy Bay, just 10 minutes from the St. John’s campus. The OSC has research labs for the North Atlantic fishery, aquaculture, oceanography, ecology, behaviour and physiology.

The Department of Biology offers a co-operative education option available to marine biology majors. Admission to the co-op option is competitive for a limited number of places.


Sample Courses

BIOL 3014 - Biology and Ecology of Boreal and Arctic Seaweeds
BIOL 3620 - Aquatic Microbial Ecology
BIOL 4750 - Fisheries Ecology


Career Opportunities

  • Marine biologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Aquaculturalist
  • Fisheries officer
  • SCUBA diver
  • Field or laboratory technician

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.


Program Information

Faculty of Science




Bachelor of Science


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • Oct. 1 for winter admission
  • Feb. 1 for spring admission

Supplementary Application:


Tuition InformationWebsite


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