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Marine Science

College or University: Pennsylvania State, University Park Campus

Type of degree: Minor

Brief overview of program: This program provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to pursue their interests in the study of the oceans and make more informed decisions about future graduate studies in marine sciences. Although Penn State does not award degrees in this field, a number of faculty pursue research interests in the marine sciences, and a varied selection of undergraduate courses in the marine sciences is available. The student can either complete the requirements for the minor at University Park (UP) or participate in an intensive semester-long oceanography experience at the Southampton, UK, Oceanography Centre (SOC) through Education Abroad: URL: The latter option may be of particular interest to students from non-UP locations. SOC has designed a program for PSU students that provides abundant opportunity to participate in shipboard oceanographic research, including a week of day-cruises in the spring and a 2-week series of cruises in June. Students who elect to pursue that minor at UP have the opportunity to receive training as scientific scuba divers through Penn State's Science Diving Program and participate in a number of other field experiences in the marine sciences.

Website: Click here for program website

Tuition (2007):In State: $11,646, Out of State: $22,194

Description of Facilities: Penn State utilizes the marine facilities of other institutions, including the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island, Virginia and the Gerace Research Center on San Salvador, Bahamas. The University has many laboratories devoted to marine research, a fully equipped scientific diving program, and small boats for lake or coastal research.

Program Faculty:

Program Point of Contact: Lee R. Kump


Department: Dept. of Geosciences

Institution address: 535 Deike Bldg
                             University Park,PA 16804-3000

Phone: 814-863-1274


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