Ocean Engineering and Sciences

Marine Science

Marine Science

What is marine science?

You may have heard terms like marine biology, ocean engineering, aquaculture or oceanography. These terms define specialties within the more general designation marine science. The common thread is applying basic scientific principles to research issues within the marine environment.

Where will you use Marine Science?

Opportunities exist for Marine Scientists in the private, educational, corporate, and governmental sectors. Some careers to consider are: Offshore Drilling, Marine metals and corrosion, Environmental Protection, Global Climate Monitoring, Renewable Energy, Underwater Vehicles, Remote Sensing, Marine Transportation, Artificial Reefs, Habitat Restoration, or Ocean Physics.

Why Marine Science at Florida Tech?

At Florida Tech, you will have remarkable opportunities to use your skills out in the field.  Nearby, the 150-mile long Indian River Lagoon estuary system has mud- and sand-flats, beds of five species of sea grass, mangroves and marshes. High-energy sand beaches, sand dunes and rocky habitats of inlets occur along the barrier island of Florida's east coast. Further south, the coral patch reefs of the Florida Keys are within a days drive. Offshore, there are opportunities to study shelf and deep-sea communities, and Earth's mightiest ocean current, the Gulf Stream. Nationally ranked academic programs and outstanding faculty await the marine science student, including "hands-on" experience that starts in the first semester. Our major facilities include:

  • Evinrude Marine Center, where numerous small craft are moored for studies of the nearby Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries.
  • Vero Beach Marine Laboratory, our experimental beachfront aquaculture station.
  • Aquaculture Lab and Field Facility, a five-acre teaching and research facility with ponds, tanks, indoor hatchery and laboratories.
  • Indian River Lagoon Research Platform a shallow-water wooden tower where research into biofouling, marine meteorology, tides and currents, and environmental change are conducted.
  • Laboratories throughout the university for studies in biology, chemistry, computers, geology, marine instrumentation, mathematics, meteorology and physics, including our new wave channel.

Look at our catalog for more information about this program.