Welcome to the Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Biology program at Nicholls.

This program allows students to take an expedition through Louisiana’s swamps, marshes and coastal areas. With state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and easy access to multiple field sites, our students are well prepared for real world marine and environmental careers when they finish their graduate school expedition at Nicholls.

The marine and environmental biology program is thesis-based, and thesis research projects have ranged from the molecular to the ecosystem level and everywhere in between.

The Department of Biological Sciences includes 10 graduate faculty on staff and numerous adjunct faculty, including researchers at LUMCON.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about our program. We accept applications for the program at any time and appreciate your interest.

Dr. Aaron Pierce,
Coordinator of Biology Graduate Program

Where will your expedition take you?

Each Nicholls biology graduate student takes a different journey. Learn what previous students have researched and what unique opportunities await you at Nicholls.

Fast Facts


  • Began in Fall 2002
  • 50 graduates
  • 20 students currently enrolled
  • Unique opportunities to study in swamps, bayous and LUMCON facilities