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Difference between marine biology and marine science?

Difference between marine biology and marine science?

Postby ocean_geek » 1/9/07

In terms of education, what is the difference in marine biology and marine science?
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Postby Izzy » 1/9/07

Marine science includes all forms of general oceanography, physical oceanography (tides, waves, etc.), chemical oceanography (sea salts, properties of water, etc.), geological oceanography (mid ocean ridges, sea floors, hydrothermal vents, and other geologic things), and engineering (underwater technology.) Also, biological oceanography is kinda like ocean ecology, in the sense that marine biology is studying more individual organisms, and biological oceanography studies the whole ecosystem and it's interconnections.

Marine biology is the study of ocean life.

I hope that helped, at least some. I'm a firm believer that they're all very connected and one can not be understood without the others. (With the possible exclusion of engineering :P... sorry all you engineers... no offense meant.)
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Postby happysoul_4556 » 1/11/07

so if i want to be a marine mammalogist, i have to take the marine biology course and not the marine science course??
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Postby Cetacea » 1/12/07

happysoul_4556 wrote:so if i want to be a marine mammalogist, i have to take the marine biology course and not the marine science course??


I don't think it will make a difference as Marine Mammal Science is a Masters course, I would be very suprised if they did not accept a Bachelor in marine science as a foundation. Although I'm, quite happy with my course, Marine biology and Zoology, only had to do oceanography in the first year for that....which to me is a good thing. It 's ok and can be quite interesting (at leasxt chemical oceanography) but I'd rather spend more time on biology or zoology courses :D
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Postby Dr. James B. Wood » 1/12/07

Depends on what you want to do - if you want to focus more on animal behvior then go for biology. If you want to look at the physics of how echo location works in different water layers, oceanography and physics would help you more. Both paths are related and work together.
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Postby Kleophon » 1/12/07

You should take both. That way you can get an overall idea of the ocean science while also looking at the specific life that exists in the ocean through marine biology.
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Postby happysoul_4556 » 1/12/07

That helps me. Thanks a lot.
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Postby Ryan3T » 1/28/07

Any schools in Florida offer just a Marine Biology degree? I'll probally end up doing Marine Science but I was just wondering.
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