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2023 Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Popularity

There are about 4,806 students enrolled in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography in the USA.

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Marine biology and biological oceanography is the 178th most popular degree in America, with 1,490 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #179 Human Biology.

The degree is offered at a total of 79 colleges across the nation, and is the 206th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 6% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that 63% of colleges offering marine biology and biological oceanography are public making it a quite accessible field.

The southeast produces the most marine biology and biological oceanography graduates, largely led by University of North Carolina Wilmington, while it’s the Southeastern Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, Florida ranks highest, with particular help from Eckerd College and The University of Tampa.

All that being said, no individual school produces more marine biology and biological oceanography graduates than University of Alaska Fairbanks, which graduated 125 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study marine biology and biological oceanography). More students studied marine biology and biological oceanography as a percentage of total students at University of Maine at Machias than any other college.

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