Advancing knowledge to support the world’s oceans and coasts, critical ecosystems for life on Earth.
Ocean Life and Interactions
Based in Port Aransas on the Texas Gulf Coast, our marine scientists and their teams of graduate students, undergraduate researchers and staff colleagues leverage a range of resources to better understand sea and estuary life and conditions over time. Experts in the Department of Marine Science leverage the resources of UT’s Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve and its 186,189 acres that make it among the largest U.S. research stations of its kind.
I knew I wanted to do my research at MSI in Port Aransas and loved the experience. The resources and opportunities here are amazing and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Experiences & Careers
Students of marine and freshwater science frequently participate in the Semester by the Sea and other programs, secure internships, study abroad and conduct field research. They then go on to a wide range of careers, graduate programs and professional schools and enter jobs with titles like:
- Environmental consultant
- Natural resource manager
- Fisheries biologist
- Biotechnology specialist
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Time at our coastal campus beyond Austin brings scientists and students into partnership, as they work to improve understanding about unique aspects of the Texas Gulf Coast. They explore dynamics of ocean life and work towards discoveries at the heart of our ability to promote sustainability on the planet.
Assessing damage and tending to animals after disaster
learning how species loss jeopardizes an ecosystem
Study & Learn
Marine and freshwater science, an option within the biology degree for undergraduates, involves a blend of study at the Austin campus and at UT Austin’s Marine Science Institute (MSI) in Port Aransas. Students take some credits in residence at MSI through Semester by the Sea or Intersession options. An undergraduate degree in biology allows students to specialize if they choose in marine and freshwater science. A certificate allows for further skill-building and study. Graduate study in marine science is also available with residence in Port Aransas.
BS Biology: Option 3 Marine & Freshwater Science
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Marine Science News
Newly Opened Patton Center for Marine Science Education Offers Opportunities to Explore
A newly renovated and reimagined space for exploring the science of marine life and ecosystems is now open to the public, free of charge, on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.