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how long do I have to be in college?

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Audrey’s Answer

Hey there!

From what I have read, marine biologists must complete at least a bachelor's degree, which takes about four years (give or take depending on your course load each semester). You then may choose to pursue a Masters's degree to further your studies or seek a more intensive career path relating to marine biology, which would then take another two to three years. If you are deciding to pursue something like research or personal study rather than fieldwork, you may also choose to work towards getting your Ph.D., which would take around six additional years at the minimum. To answer more conclusively, I would say it really depends on what you are most interested in doing after getting your bachelor's degree. Starter positions are likely to only require a 4-year degree, while higher-paid positions will require a more advanced skill set.

If you are interested, you might want to search online for articles written by professional marine biologists on how they prepared for their careers and what courses they took during their time as undergraduate students. Hearing it straight from the source might be the best way to go!
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Craig J.’s Answer

You can get a BS in biology or environmental science and a MS in marine biology. It would take you around 5 to 6 years and if you wanted a PhD. It would take about 8 years.
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