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ARCHIVE - Marine Sciences Minor (MARSC)

Begin Date: Fall Semester 1988
End Date: Fall Semester 1998

Marine Sciences Minor (MARSC) - (ARCHIVE)

PROFESSOR RAYMOND G. NAJJAR, Chair, Marine Sciences Committee

This program provides an opportunity for undergraduates to investigate and prepare for careers in the various marine sciences. Although Penn State does not award degrees in Oceanography, 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 (1) take courses in marine sciences offered at the University Park Campus; (2) enroll in the off-campus program offered by Penn State at Wallops Island, Va. (see below); (3) take summer courses (listed under Marine Sciences in the Course Description section of this bulletin) through the Marine Science Consortium, of which Penn State is a member; (4) complete the requirements of the Marine Sciences minor (see below).

Penn State offers an off-campus program during the summer intersession at the Marine Science Consortium field station located at Wallops Island, Va. The program consists of field- and laboratory-oriented courses in coastal geology (GEOSC 445[4]) and coastal biology (BIOL 482[4]). The program features a low student-to-faculty ratio, the application of theory to practice in the "living lab" of the Wallops' environs, opportunities to participate in independent research geared to the student's talents, and an opportunity for students and faculty from diverse majors to interact on environmental problems. The students selected for the program are drawn from both science and nonscience majors, and no formal requirements exist for participation in the program. Information on this program can be obtained from the Penn State Marine Sciences Program, The Pennsylvania State University, 248 Deike Building, University Park, PA 16802.

MARINE SCIENCES MINOR -- The Marine Sciences Committee is authorized to award a minor certificate to any undergraduate student regularly enrolled in a degree program at the University who, in addition to satisfying the degree requirements of his or her baccalaureate major, satisfies the requirements for the Marine Sciences minor. The completion of the minor is reflected by a formal notation on the student's official record at the time of graduation. To enter the program a student must have attained at least fourth-semester classification and have earned a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50. To ensure adequate advising and record keeping, the student must apply for the minor in the Marine Sciences program office and must then complete the requirements shown below.

Courses offered by other institutions may be substituted for any of the required courses listed below, if accepted for transfer by the student's major department and approved by the Marine Sciences Committee, provided that at least 9 of the minimum 18 credits required for the minor are earned in courses offered by Penn State. Upon completion of the requirements and no later than the tenth week of the semester in which the student is to graduate, he or she must verify in the Marine Sciences program office that the requirements have been met.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)


BIOL 435(3) or 417(4), GEOSC 440(3), METEO 022(2) (Sem: 5-8)

At least 6 credits of field studies, including 3 credits of life sciences and 3 credits of physical sciences [This requirement may be satisfied by BIOL 482(4) plus GEOSC 445(4) offered at Wallops Island.] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from Marine Science program approved list of courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 1 credit of special topics approved by the committee (Sem: 5-8)

The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Program: Fall Semester 1998

Review Date: 9/15/98



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