Students studying Marine Biology at Roger Williams University explore the unique challenges faced by organisms living in the marine environment and the methods by which they meet these challenges. Students begin the program by obtaining a broad understanding of oceanographic principles, and through lectures, laboratories and field work, build on this knowledge for a more complete appreciation of the aquatic world.
Marine Biology is housed in the state-of-the-art Marine and Natural Sciences (MNS) Building. Located just a few hundred yards from Mount Hope Bay, the MNS Building is complete with a 4,000 square-foot wet lab, nearly 200 ocean tanks, a greenhouse and a vast array of scientific equipment from plankton nets to a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. Roger Williams is also home to the state’s only shellfish hatchery, and thanks to a recently expanded facility, we now have three times our original space for shellfish production, student and faculty research and an expansion of our tropical marine ornamental program for which we partner with the New England Aquarium in Boston.
Student-faculty collaboration is the hallmark of a Roger Williams University education. Research projects undertaken in Marine Biology have resulted in countless articles, publications and presentations. Students are encouraged to join an ongoing research project in areas that include biological oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, marine environmental physiology and marine biotechnology and aquaculture.
By the time a student has completed a major in Biology or Marine Biology, s/he is expected to be able to demonstrate the following competencies: