Professor and Dean: Richard E. Dodge

Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography graduate students gain classroom, laboratory, and field knowledge to become the next generation of marine researchers, managers, and conservationists. Faculty members specializations include coral reef biology, ecology, and geology; shark, billfish, and fish biology, physiology, ecology, and conservation; invertebrate zoology and taxonomy; fisheries science; genetics, and genomics; deep sea biology and ecology; molecular biology; microbiology; biodiversity; and physical oceanography.

The Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography offers a Ph.D. in Oceanography/Marine Biology; M.S. degrees in Marine Science, and Biological Sciences; Masters programs can be completed in as little as 1.5 years. A graduate certificate in Computational Molecular Biology is also available.

There are three preeminent research institutes housed at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography: the National Coral Reef Institute, the Guy Harvey Research Institute, and the Save Our Seas Shark Center. Facilities include a large marina with 7 coastal research vessels as well as the new silver LEED certified 86,000 square foot Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research, a state of the art research building with seawater system and experimental complex for pollution evaluation.

Degree Programs Offered

Graduate Certificates


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