Research: Underwater Plague

Florida Tech coral researchProfessor Van Woesick and his team test whether coral diseases follow a contagious-disease model in four locations in the Caribbean!

Check out this research and more at Florida Tech's Research Portal!


Florida Tech Tri-Beta

Tri-Beta is a national biological honor society where Sigma Psi chapter of Florida Tech was established in 1981. The chapter dives into many diverse activities including camping trips, hiking trips, NASA tours and much more!

Videos: Student Design Projects

Project-based learning through student design gives students an experiential platform that helps them acquire highly sought-after workplace skills.

Marine Biology Internships and Research

As part of your study of marine life, you’ll dive into marine biology internships, field trips and comprehensive marine biology research

Marine biology internships are among the many hands-on experiences available to Florida Tech students while studying for their degree. Research facilities, both on and off-campus, allow students to conduct in-depth research alongside faculty on many marine biology topics.

These valuable learning opportunities build valuable skills and a highly competitive resume that equip you for future marine biology internships or jobs. Florida Tech students interact directly with marine life as well as experts in the field at a wide variety of organizations and companies, including:

  • Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
  • Hubbs SeaWorld
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
  • Mote Marine Labs
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • The Perry Institute for Marine Science

Students taking part in these marine biology internships learn valuable skills to help prepare them for future careers.

Marine Biology Classrooms are Actual Marine Life Habitats

In addition to marine biology internships, Florida Tech's location on the Space Coast is in the heart of a wide variety of marine habitats, including mangrove, sea grass, salt marsh, sand and mud flat, lagoon, reef, high-energy sand beach and the open Atlantic Ocean. These habitats act as real-world laboratories for our students to research a vast range of marine plants and animals. In addition, the Florida Keys and Everglades are just a short trip away.

Students have the opportunity and are strongly encouraged to volunteer in research labs where they work with faculty, graduate students and fellow undergraduates on research projects. Students may also conduct research for university credit to help them sharpen their skills while also moving closer to their degrees, marine biology internships and careers.

Florida Tech professors conduct research in a variety of areas including marine birds, fish and invertebrate mariculture, coral reef populations, reproductive biology and the role of environmental and chemical cues in habitat selection.

Florida Tech students are also welcome to take on assignments in our research labs and students may elect to enroll in undergraduate research for credit. This helps students develop a strong and highly competitive resume detailing laboratory training and research experience.

Expand Your Horizon in Summer Programs

Whether they're diving in the warm water of the Great Barrier Reef or observing tropical flora and fauna on the Galapagos Islands, our marine biology students take research to a whole new level. Florida Tech students travel around Florida and the world in summer courses to do intensive marine biology internships or field studies of exotic species and ecosystems in the field of marine biology at such iconic locations as:

  • The Bahamas
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico
  • The Galapagos
  • Costa Rica
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • The Florida Everglades

These exhilarating hands-on research opportunities provide a huge resumé boost for students looking to pursue marine biology internships and careers. Part of our mission is to train you as professional biologists!

Professional Clubs and Organizations Enhance Your Experience

Tri-Beta is a biology-based honor society that works to teach others the importance of studying biology. This active student organization holds regular field trips around Florida and puts on fun events such as BBQs and picnics to bring faculty and students from all departments together. It is the perfect way to network with other biological sciences students to learn about marine biology internships, research students and hands-on activities.