The magazine’s report called attention to the campus’ world-renowned Shark Lab, as well as marine biology students’ ability to apply for the Catalina Semester program, which provides opportunities for advanced coursework within laboratory and ocean settings.
“The Shark Lab and Catalina Semester certainly offer unique appeal, but it’s really the excellent faculty, amazing facilities, immediate access to a wide range of marine habitats and our rigorous curriculum that make this degree program outstanding — ask any of our more than 900 alumni who dominate jobs across the field,” Shark Lab Director Chris Lowe said.
The Long Beach campus offers a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology, and graduate students specializing in the discipline may pursue a Master of Science degree in biology. The campus awarded 25 bachelor’s degrees to marine biology students for the 2017-18 academic year.
Marine biology faculty members at Long Beach State include experts such topics as sharks and fishes, marine mammals, marine invertebrates, microbiology, ecology and aquatic toxicology.
The Catalina Semester program is managed by the California State University Ocean Studies Institute and takes place at USC’s Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center.