Bachelor's Programme in Marine Biology, 180 credits

About the education

Oceans cover 3/4 of the Earth's surface and encompass everything from coral reefs to the deep ocean, and our own Baltic Sea and west coast of Sweden. Oceans contain the greatest diversity of organisms, and their significance as the Earth's larder for the people of the Earth is increasing, while at the same time these resources are under threat from pollution over-fishing and environmental pollution.

The bachelor programme will provide you with excellent knowledge of the marine ecosystem along the complete coast of Sweden, from the brackish conditions in the Baltic to our most marine-like conditions on the west coast. You will also obtain a good overview of the environmental problems that affect Sweden and the Earth, and how attempts to solve them are under way.

The two first years of the programme teach the biological foundation, while the third year consists of specialised studies in marine issues. The courses "Research Traineeship in Marine Biology" and Marine Biology are compulsory during the third year. The programme includes two extended field courses, one at the Askö laboratory, the other at the Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory. Some courses are held during the summer, which means that it might be possible to take the program within two years.

You are then free to select a further 15 hp from marine courses, such as Aquatic Ecology, Fish and Fisheries Biology, Environmental Toxicology, The Management of Aquatic Resources in the Tropics, or a course that does not have a marine specialisation. The programme ends with an degree thesis in marine biology. Marine biologists find careers within such employers as municipalities, county administrative boards, nature conservations authorities, or consultancies. The education can also lead to a career as, for example, environmental information specialist, scientific journalist, or teacher. You may also continue to take the Master's Programme in Marine Biology, and then go on to do research in marine biology, either in Sweden or abroad.

Subject: Biology

Biology means the study of life and living organisms including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, diversity, their interaction with their environment and their presence in time and space.

There are many subdivisions and topics within Biology such as: molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, botany, zoology, ethology, faunistics, floristics and ecology.

An education in biology not only gives you basic knowledge in biology, but also an understanding of relationships between structure and function on various biological levels and it also gives you a grasp of the processes that control the evolution of the organism.

Biology is an experimental subject, meaning it alternates theoretical studies with practical exercises such as laboratory work and field trips. Examples of laboratory work include analyzing DNA molecules, producing bacteria or studying preparations of various tissues under a microscope. Dissections and experiments with living organisms are a part of an education in biology, however, an option without animal experiments within the zoology moments is also available.

You will be able to study animals and plants in their natural habitats as well as participate in practical ecological field work through different field trips and excursions. Stockholm University has access to three field stations located in interesting nature areas: Tovetorp in Södermanland, Askö in Trosa Archipelago and Tjärnö on the west coast of Sweden.

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.

Department responsible for education

Department of Biology Education