Simon Beeching, Tamra Schiappa
Marine biology, marine ecology, marine geology and geophysics, chemical oceanography, and physical oceanography are career areas that are best approached through an undergraduate major in one of the basic sciences of biology, chemistry, geology or physics, or through mathematics. Slippery Rock University, through its membership in the Marine Science Consortium, offers students interested in ocean-related phenomena an opportunity to pursue that interest through a series of summer courses offered at the Wallops Island Marine Science Center, near the Atlantic Ocean in the Virginia eastern shore region. Four three-week summer sessions are offered.
Students interested in marine studies will pursue a major in one of the natural sciences or mathematics at SRU, augmenting their studies with summer courses at the Wallops Island Marine Science Center. The number of summer courses taken will depend on the students’ interests and the majors they pursue on campus. Individual programs may be tailored in consultation with an advisor, and the University offers a minor in Marine Science.
The Marine Science Consortium pools the talents and resources of 16 colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic States. Classrooms, wet and dry laboratories, computer room, a workshop, dock facilities, dormitories, apartments, a cafeteria and recreational facilities are available at or near the Wallops Island Station. Several research and training vessels are available for work along the Atlantic coast and the Chesapeake Bay. Some courses offered at the Marine Science Center may be applied to the liberal studies requirement in the natural sciences so that any Slippery Rock University student, regardless of major, may take advantage of a first-hand experience in the marine environment. Advisement from one of the Slippery Rock University faculty members associated with the consortium is recommended for any student using Marine Science Consortium courses to fulfill the liberal studies requirement in science. Students should contact the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment or the Department of Biology for names of the advisors.