USD absolutely has a great marine biology program, although for a variety of reasons I'm placing priority on schools within Texas. Not that I'd necessarily turn down a chance to go back to my hometown...
I definitely get where you're coming from there. It's one of the reasons I worry about myself in the workforce, especially since I already feel that way about my grades.
Well, it's a pretty solid plan unless NOAA or someplace refuses to hire me. Certainly not looking forward to the postgraduate years where I'll have to do jobs I'm not passionate about and thus am not able to do well in. It's bad enough for NT people from what I hear, let alone for someone with my particular set of neuroses.
AH, well, I'm sorry to hear that, in that case. I hope you manage to feel better soon, though, although obviously it's not as simple as all that.