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One of the most unique assets of the University of West Florida is its surrounding marine environment. A significant number of students come to UWF not just to enjoy the nearby sugar-white beaches, but also to study the dynamic cultural and natural resources of the maritime environment.
In addition, The University of West Florida is one of only a few institutions in the U.S. that offers a degree in Marine Biology at the undergraduate level. Ideally located to study the marine environment, the main campus includes 300 acres of estuarine marshes and wetlands with an additional 150 acres located on Santa Rosa Island on the Gulf of Mexico which contains beach dune, salt marsh, tidal flat, and sea grass ecosystems.