Earth and Environmental Sciences, Concentration in Marine Science
College or University: Wilkes University
Type of degree: B.A.
Brief overview of program: As a student of Wilkes University -- a member of the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium -- you can spend the summer learning by living and working in a pristine coastal environment in southeastern Virginia. The Consortium is an association of 22 state and private undergraduate institutions that oversees the operation of a marine field station and offers educational programs that support classroom, laboratory, and field activities.
The full-time instructional staff works with professors to provide you with a high quality, interdisciplinary experience in the oceanographic sciences that will help you meet your educational and research goals.
Additional resources within the area include Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague National Seashore, and NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility. Nearby barrier islands are biologically diverse and geologically dynamic and many of the islands and marshes remain undeveloped and area waters have sustained fishing, crabbing, and oystering for generations.
Website: Click here for program website
For the students that enter the workforce, what are the most common occupations that they pursue with this degree or certificate? If you're interested in pursuing a career as a marine scientist you can work...
in the areas of paleontology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, geology, physical oceanography, paleontology, biology, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, and engineering. You can also work at colleges and universities or for state and federal agencies, marine-related industries, research laboratories, independent organizations, and consulting firms.
If you're interested in pursuing a research career, you can find opportunities in academia, industry, government, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, and entrepreneurship (owning your own business).
Description of Facilities: Facilities
The R.V. Philip Parker, 45-foot vessel for offshore classroom and research work
Small craft for inshore work in the marsh channels and bays
General oceanographic, environmental collection, and monitoring equipment
10 laboratory classrooms with microscopes and salt-water aquaria
Dormitory housing (400 beds)
Program Point of Contact: Dr. Mike Case
Institution address: Wilkes University 84 West South Street