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This initiative brings together a select group of marine biology and biology students to study and graduate together in a cohort class on the Biscayne Bay Campus.

FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus is our headquarters for marine biology, with a fleet of research vessels and a faculty of world-renowned experts. Students in the Marine Biology/Biology Cohort Class of 2023 will graduate with a strong network and the knowledge and skills required for great careers in their chosen fields.

Cohort members will benefit from several specialized supports:

  • Exclusive scheduled tutoring
  • Optimized course sequence allowing graduation in three-and-a-half years (with summer courses)
  • Early registration for several labs and lectures
  • Professional and faculty advisors to help choose courses and professional direction
  • Priority consideration for research opportunities
  • On-campus and off-campus field trips throughout the curriculum

The cohort program is offered at the same cost as the regular major, and students may leave without penalty. This cohort is designed for Marine Biology and Biological Sciences majors interested in these areas - not pre-health students.


Fill out our webform to begin the application process. If you have any questions, please contact

Expert Faculty

Cohort students can learn from experienced faculty and lab teams.

  • Conservation Team

    Researchers including Demian Chapman and College of Arts, Sciences & Education Dean Michael Heithaus protect endangered shark species by studying their habitats, observing their populations and helping to establish conservation programs.

  • Deep-Sea Discoverer

    Heather Braken-Grissom explores the world of marine invertebrates using DNA sequencing, fossil evidence and other methods. She is delving into the mechanisms of marine bioluminescence, and she recently participated in filming the elusive giant squid.

  • Shark Observer

    Yannis Papastamatiou, working with fellow shark researchers, published an article breaking the stereotype of sharks as exclusive meat-eaters: Bonnethead sharks, he found, get nutrition from seagrass as well.