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Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the College of Charleston’s Graduate Program in Marine Biology. One of the great strengths of our program is the breadth and diversity of our graduate faculty. Aside from the core faculty of 25 biologists at the College of Charleston, our graduate faculty includes over 75 additional individuals from the Marine Resources Research Institute of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (MRRI), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Ocean Services - Charleston Laboratory (NOS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MBES), the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML), Coastal Carolina University, and the Citadel. These faculty are committed to graduate education and serve as major advisors and committee members for some 50 graduate students currently enrolled in our program. Most students are supported on teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or graduate fellowships.

Graduates from our program have been successful in using their degree to pursue a Ph.D. degree or directly enter the job market. This success is based in large part on our ability to train students in both basic and applied areas of science.

Our graduate program is headquartered at the Grice Marine Laboratory on James Island, just across the harbor from historic downtown Charleston. The Grice Lab is located at Fort Johnson (another historic site) along with the labs of MRRI, NOAA, NOS, NIST, and MBES. In total, about 400 personnel at Fort Johnson make up a vibrant and exciting community of marine scientists and students. We think that you will find our location near a major metropolitan area on one of the most unspoiled stretches of the eastern seaboard a particularly appealing place to study marine biology.