What classes would I require to become a successful Marine Biologist?
I'm a 9th grader (freshman) who has just started High school! I find marine biology VERY fascinating, I watch many shows about Marine Biology like SeaWorld's "Ocean mysteries". So I was curious to what required classes are needed to get a degree in Marine Biology since I aspire to become a Marine Biologist.
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Once you are in college you will take an array of courses but by your junior year you will want to tailor what you take to best suit what you may want to do, and this is something your advisor will play a big part in. There are many different career paths with a marine science or biology degree that you could take. You can work at a zoo or aquarium, work for the fisheries service, work in conservation specifically, animal rescue and rehabilitation or even enter the Navy as they have specialized groups that deal with their impact on the marine world. You may decide to specialize in one aspect of the 'marine world'. Sea Turtles, sharks, whales, corals, etc. And the more open you are to relocate the better your chances are to get your dream job.
I also see your location is Miami which is the perfect location to get your foot in the door somewhere. The zoo or aquariums are always looking for volunteer help. The Miami Seaquarium would be a great place to look. There is also the Marine Animal Rescue Society just south of Miami Beach. Getting involved with these places now would definitely help point you in the right direction, and your involvement would look great on a college application! Good luck perusing your dreams.
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When you get to college, check out the school for field studies though Boston college. I did a research study abroad in Kenya and for credit for it. You can do many marine programs through them as well.
Best of luck!
First thing to remember is that Marine Bio is a science, not just playing with whales, dolphins and sharks (although that part IS super cool). That means you want a really strong background in all sciences - and math. Biology - sometimes call a "soft" science in comparison to chemistry and physics - relies a lot on statistics (which is another word for math!). One of the best parts of Marine Bio is that it blends so many other sciences. You have to know Chemistry (e.g., water chemistry, bioluminescence -- the stuff that makes marine life glow in the dark! - how limpets use mucus to adhere to rocks), Physics (e.g., ocean waves, tides, currents) and Geology (oceanography, underwater volcanoes, tsunamis, fossils). Lastly, no one will know about your fabulous work unless you can write up your research, so you want to have solid English writing skills (e.g., writing composition, technical writing) - this will also help with writing grants to fund research.
In the meantime, volunteer for anything related to science you can (and keep track of it to add to your college application!).
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