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What will I learn?

Students interested in the long-term sustainability of populations and ecosystems are ideal candidates for an interdisciplinary marine conservation degree at Florida Tech. This field of study examines how to mitigate the pressures that development and climate change impose on natural systems.

Students build a strong foundation in biology and a well-rounded background in conservation science and ecological principles. With an emphasis on marine systems, students in the program learn how to conserve biological diversity, and protect rare, threatened, and endangered marine life.

Gain Practical Experience

In addition to biology and conservation, students in the marine conservation degree program build knowledge in chemistry, physics, and mathematics through hands-on undergraduate research activities. Florida Tech’s “fast start” approach means that first-year students get involved in research, engaging with faculty research teams in the lab and in the field.

Other Career Options

Other marine conservation careers to consider include:

  • Director of conservation
  • Marine habitat restoration specialist
  • Naturalist
  • Marine research biologist
  • Habitat biologist
  • Marine fisheries biologist
  • Zoologist and wildlife biologist
  • Director of marine education (in a zoo or aquarium)
  • Natural resources biologist
  • Curator of animal care and conservation

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$42,346.00 per year
USD $21,173 per semester (12-19 credit hours); Summer Fee: USD $1,188/credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022


Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne Campus,

150 W. University Blvd.,



32901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students have completed a strong high school curriculum and demonstrated achievement in college preparatory classes.

For international students

Students intending to apply for admission to study in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences are strongly encouraged to complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics, including second-year algebra and trigonometry.

English language proficiency:

Students whose home language is not English are considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency if they have accomplished any of the following: An Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with an earned score of at least 79; or an IELTS with an earned score of at least 6.0; or a PTE Academic with an earned score of at least 58; or a Cambridge English: Advanced with an earned score of at least 180 (Grade of C); or a Duolingo English Test with an earned score of at least 100; ELS English for Academic Purposes level 112.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology is an internationally recognized institution providing a variety of degrees taught by industry-leading faculty.

  • One of the most internationally diverse student bodies in U.S
  • Outstanding reputation for STEM subjects
  • Provides scholarships to most students
  • Located in sunny Melbourne, Florida