Slippery Rock University is a member of the Marine Science Consortium which owns and operates a marine station at Wallops Island, Virginia, on the Delmarva Peninsula east of Chesapeake Bay. The Consortium facilities are extensive, consisting of classrooms, wet and dry laboratories, apartments, cafeteria, a research vessel with working space, two floating platforms for work in quiet waters, several Boston whalers, and a variety of sampling and oceanographic equipment. The Consortium's location provides students with the opportunity to observe and study a diversity of coastal habitats, including extensive areas of salt marsh.
Students interested in careers in the marine sciences may pursue a major in biology, geology, chemistry, or physics at Slippery Rock University. Within the major and related areas you may take courses in marine biology, physical and chemical oceanography, marine geology, field methods, and other special courses during the summer at our marine station, where you will observe and study first-hand the area of your interest. Four three-week sessions are offered each summer; several courses are offered during each session. You can take one or more marine science courses any or all summers during your tenure at Slippery Rock University.
Each of the natural science major areas has a suggested curriculum for a concentration in marine science. If you follow the suggested schedule, upon completion of your four years at Slippery Rock University you will receive a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in biology, geology, chemistry, or physics with a concentration in marine biology, marine geology, marine chemistry, or physical oceanography. This will qualify you for introductory level jobs in government, industry, and other employers of marine scientists. You will also be prepared to pursue graduate studies in marine science.
For further information on these programs contact:
Simon C. Beeching