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76 SECTION E • Educational Institutions • BG 2018 University of Maine Orono, Maine The Department of Oceanography offers master's and doc- toral degrees in oceanography. Graduate-level courses are offered in physical, chemical and biological oceanography and marine geology. Graduate-level summer courses are also offered. The department is located on the Orono campus, but much of the research and training is done at the coastal marine laboratory, the Darling Marine Center, near Damar- iscotta, Maine. Analytical laboratories and facilities exist at both locations. In addition, a fleet of small boats, a flowing seawater laboratory, scuba-support facilities and a marine li- brary are available at the coastal station. Contact: Graduate School Office or James D. McCleave, Chair, Department of Oceanography, University of Maine, 5741 Libby Hall, Oro- no, ME 04469-5741; 207-581-4381. Degrees offered: M.S. and Ph.D. University of New England Biddeford, Maine The University of New England Department of Marine Sci- ences offers a four-year program leading to a B.S. degree in marine sciences with concentrations in marine biology and oceanography. Graduate studies lead to an M.S. in marine sciences. The 500-acre campus is located on the Saco River estuary in southern Maine. Programs extensively use the estuarine and coastal ocean ecosystems for study. Available habitats in the area include a salt marsh, mud flats, rocky shore and sand beach. Numerous lakes and streams nearby may also serve as study areas. A modern, well-equipped facility with run- ning seawater wet labs and a marine mammal rehabilitation center is on-site. The Center for Land Sea Interaction (CLSI) was initially formed around the Saco River Coastal Ocean Observing System, which has real-time telemetry data from instruments in the river and coastal waters. Research in CLSI is centered on studies of climate change, interactions of land use with hydrology and coastal dynamics, and natural or anthropogenic discharges to the coastal water and their ulti- mate fates. Teaching emphasizes active learning with hands- on experience and encourages cooperative learning among students and faculty. Field trips range from boat trips in the Gulf of Maine to shores from Canada to Central America. Courses of note include: oceanography, marine biology, a Gulf of Maine seminar, biology of marine mammals, inver- tebrate zoology, biology of fish, phycology, remote sensing, geographic information systems, aquaculture and analytical chemistry. Internships and independent research are strongly en- couraged, with an office devoted to placing students. Past internship topics have included studies of Steller sea lions in Alaska, productivity in the Arabian Sea, coral reef fish in Belize, sea turtles in Florida, food webs of the Bering Sea and the physiology of lobsters. Facilities include well-equipped laboratories with state- of-the-art analytical instruments, small boats, high-tech field sampling gear and computer facilities for data processing and modeling. The library provides online access to hundreds of electronic journals and databases. Contact: Chairperson, De- partment of Marine Sciences, University of New England, 11 Hills Beach Rd., Biddeford, ME 04005-9599; cas/marine. Degrees offered: B.S. in marine sciences with concentra- tions in marine biology or oceanography. MARYLAND Calhoon Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association Engineering School Easton, Md. The Calhoon Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA) Engineering School was established in 1966 to provide the contracted companies of District 1-MEBA with qualified marine engineers. Founded in 1875, MEBA is the oldest maritime union in the United States. Today, the modern campus provides both deck and en- gineering officers of the U.S. Merchant Marine with the continuing education necessary to keep American-flagged vessels safe and competitive in the oceans of the world. Courses include: ship management; deck and engine li- cense upgrading; diesel engineering; steam engineering; gas turbine engineering; machine shop; welding; ship's medicine; analog electronics; digital electronics; electrical troubleshooting; electricity; shipboard electrical systems; computer technology; refrigeration; container refrigeration; Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) opera- tor; Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) basic safety; survival craft; fast rescue boats; ad- vanced firefighting; hazardous materials (HAZMAT) tech- nician; instrumentation; programmable logic controllers; data communications and networking; and container crane maintenance. A Military Sealift Command-approved government vessel operations course is offered, which includes shipboard au- tomated maintenance module, shipboard damage control and chemical biological radiological defense. Many of these courses, in addition to being U.S. Coast Guard-approved and meeting the International Maritime sities throughout the United States and overseas. Students not wishing to pursue a graduate degree have successfully found employment after completing their degree. The goal and philosophy of the marine biology program is to provide students with a personal and hands-on edu- cation. This is accomplished by incorporating field and laboratory experiences into campus courses and in courses offered at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) laboratory [See separate listing]. LUMCON is a world-class marine research and education facility located on Louisiana's coast, 45 miles south of NSU. Marine biolo- gy students have the opportunity to develop undergraduate research programs with NSU and LUMCON faculty. NSU is a member of the governing board of LUMCON. Housed at NSU is the regional office of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources' Wetlands Restoration Division and the office of the Barataria-Terrebonne Na- tional Estuary, a Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality-Environmental Protection Agency joint program. Near the university are the regional offices of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Students have em- ployment opportunities while attending school and oppor- tunities to interact with the personnel within these agen- cies. Contact: Dr. Earl Melancon, Department of Biological Sciences, Biology Department, P.O. Box 2021, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 70310; 504-448-4700; Degree Offered: B.S. in biology, with concentration in marine biology. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, La. The principal research and teaching facilities are located on the main campus in Lafayette. The university is an active participant in the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and utilizes coastal laboratory facilities and research ves- sels located in Cocodrie, Louisiana, about 120 miles from the main campus. Access to other marine environments is often available through cooperative programs with state and federal agencies and through grant-funded projects in coastal Mesoamerica. Contact: Dr. D.L. Felder, Head, Department of Biology, P.O. Box 42451, University of Southwestern Louisi- ana, Lafayette, LA 70504. Marine studies may be emphasized by students in the fol- lowing degree programs: B.S. in biology, geology or micro- biology; Ph.D. in environmental and evolutionary biology. MAINE Maine Maritime Academy Castine, Maine The following majors in marine science are offered at the Maine Maritime Academy: general marine science, marine biology and marine science education. Some courses offered in these majors include: introduction to marine science, marine geology, marine geochemistry, physical oceanogra- phy, marine biology, marine zoology, marine botany, marine ecology, tropical marine science, ichthyology, sedimentology and environmental chemistry. Seminar and research project courses are also integrated into these majors. Professional merchant marine programs are offered in the areas of marine transportation (courses in seamanship, navigation, cargo, meteorology, etc.) and marine engineering (courses in steam, diesels, gas turbines, control systems, etc.). Other programs include small-vessel operations, international business and logistics, small-craft design, vessel operations and technolo- gy. Waterfront facilities at the head of Penobscot Bay include a 16,000-ton merchant marine training vessel, an oceano- graphic research vessel, an oceangoing tug and a large fleet of smaller vessels. Contact: Academic Dean, Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME 04420-3200; 207-326-2485; jbar Degrees offered: A.S. with majors in small-vessel op- erations and small-craft design. B.S. with majors in marine transportation, vessel operations and technology, power en- gineering technology, marine engineering operations, marine engineering technology, marine systems engineering, marine science, international business and logistics, and interdisci- plinary studies. M.S. with majors in logistics management and maritime management. Southern Maine Community College South Portland, Maine The biological sciences department at Southern Maine Community College offers programs in marine science, bio- technology and liberal studies with a science focus. These programs lead to associates degrees that prepare students for positions as research assistants or technicians, or for transfer into a four-year college or university. Marine science students spend a portion of each semester at sea and along the coast recording data, maintaining field stations, using geographic information system/global positioning system equipment, identifying specimens and monitoring water quality. Con- tact: Crystal Pietrowicz, Chair, Biological Sciences, Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Rd., South Portland, ME 04106; 207-741-5652; fax: 207-741-5645; cpietrowicz@ test facility, dynamic and static testing machines, a separate structural dynamics laboratory and hydrosystems laboratory equipped for wave research and hydrodynamic studies of ocean structures. Students may work and study in any of the civil engineering disciplines, with a concentration on marine problems. Minor areas of study may be selected in such fields as theoretical and applied mechanics, mathematics and geol- ogy. Contact: Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Uni- versity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801. Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D. in civil engineering. LOUISIANA Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, La. The Louisiana State University (LSU) Department of Ocean- ography and Coastal Sciences (established 1968) offers grad- uate-level courses and M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Coopera- tion with LSU colleges, schools, departments and institutes has assured the availability of a variety of major/minor degree options. The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of the subject field is stressed, and graduate programs are sufficiently flexible to meet the specialization desires of the individual student. Overall emphasis is given to the under- standing and practical application of knowledge concerning the physical, chemical, biological, geological and economic aspects of inshore wetlands and coastal marine environ- ments. The department is affiliated with LSU's Coastal Stud- ies Institute (research on the physics/geology of oceans and estuaries) and the Office of Sea Grant Development (which administers the Louisiana Sea Grant Program). The depart- ment also houses the Coastal Fisheries group (research on the fisheries oceanography and resources of Louisiana), Wetland Biogeochemistry group (research on the chemical processes in coastal sediments and waters), and the Coastal Ecology group (research on the ecological and oceanographic pro- cesses in the coastal environment). Long-range research be- ing conducted by these groups concerns Louisiana and other coastal regions worldwide. The more than 4,700 square miles of fresh to brackish water marsh found in Louisiana represent a vast natural scientific lab and an important nursery ground for fish and shellfish. Access to the coastal environment and research vessels is afforded through the Louisiana Universi- ties Marine Consortium [See separate listing]. Contact: Chair- man, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-7503. Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D. in oceanography and coastal sciences and related fields. Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium Chauvin, La. The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium is an orga- nization of the public and private universities in Louisiana that provides consolidated coastal research facilities, marine science research and education, technology, and public ser- vice. The DeFelice Marine Center, located at Cocodrie in the Mississippi Deltaic Plain, is the principal site of activities. The center contains modern research laboratories, a library and meeting facilities, and accommodations for faculty and students. A satellite field station is operated at Port Fourchon. The consortium owns and operates the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System vessel RV Pelican, a 35-meter ocean vessel specially designed and equipped for oceanography and fisheries research in the Gulf of Mexico; a 17-meter coastal vessel, the RV Acadiana; and other smaller boats. The consortium offers no degrees, but conducts an in- structional program leading to a minor in marine sciences, for which credit is granted by participating institutions. Most courses are offered in the summer for undergraduate and graduate credits. A Ph.D. degree is offered in oceanography, zoology and geology by Louisiana State University and in environmental and evolutionary biology by the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Several member universities offer M.S. degrees in marine or allied sciences, and Nicholls State University offers a B.S. in marine biology and an M.S. in environmental biology. Summer courses are offered on a rotating schedule—odd years: Invertebrates in their Environ- ment, Marine Environmental Chemistry, Marine Fish Ecology, Plankton Ecology and Introduction to Marine Science; even years: Marine Ecology, Coral Reef Ecology, Marine Botany, Coastal Field Geology and Introduction to Marine Zoology. Specialized courses are offered irregularly, and research in- ternships may be undertaken with resident faculty. Contact: Marine Education Program Coordinator, Louisiana Universi- ties Marine Consortium, 8124 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA 70344; 985-851-2800; fax: 985-851-2874. Nicholls State University Thibodaux, La. The marine biology program focuses its efforts on the under- graduate, thus affording students opportunities and experi- ences that might otherwise be available only to graduate students. Nicholls State University (NSU) is located within one of the most biologically productive coastal areas in the world, the Barataria-Terrebonne estuary and its nearshore Gulf of Mexico waters. Students completing a B.S. degree with a concentration in marine biology have successfully continued their education in graduate programs at univer-

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