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84 SECTION E • Educational Institutions • BG 2018 the Mary Moody Northern Student Center. The Jack K. Wil- liams Library has 27,000 square feet of space, with seating for 200 people. The campus provides a ship handling simu- lator for training maritime students. This capability comple- ments the real-world radar and diesel simulation training available at TAMUG. Contact: Student Relations Office, P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553-1675; 877-322-4443;; Texas State University - San Marcos San Marcos, Texas A student completes all undergraduate work at Texas State University except nine semester hours of marine biology, which he or she takes at an approved marine station. Texas State University has a cooperative program in marine biology with Texas A&M University at Galveston and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, Texas. Stu- dents can also complete their marine course requirements at marine laboratories such as Shoals Marine Laboratory, Friday Harbor Laboratory, Harbor Branch, Duke Marine Labora- tory, School for Field Studies, etc. Contact: Dr. Francis Rose, Chairman, Biology Department, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666-4616; Degrees offered: B.S. in biology, with a major in marine biology. M.S. with marine support courses. University of Houston Houston, Texas Graduate students interested in marine biology may partici- pate in a program with emphasis in population biology and evolutionary ecology. Students take advanced courses and conduct research at the University of Houston. Contact: Graduate Chairman, Department of Biology, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5513; Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D. in biology. The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics Austin, Texas The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), now part of the Jackson School of Geosciences, pro- vides basic and applied geophysical research opportunities for graduate students of the School's Department of Geologi- cal Sciences at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. UTIG scientists conduct research to investigate the geophysical processes that influence Earth's mantle and crustal structure, surface stratigraphy, global climate and Earth's cryosphere. They also develop data processing, imaging and modeling tech- niques used in natural resources exploration and geologic hazard assessment. UTIG's research programs commonly include large-scale, multi-institutional field projects that are carried out all over the world. UTIG has a long-standing involvement in scientific ocean drilling, including the Deep Sea Drilling Project, the Ocean Drilling Program, the Inte- grated Ocean Drilling Program and, more recently, the In- ternational Ocean Discovery Program. UTIG scientists also participate in federally funded U.S. geoscience initiatives like GeoPrisms and EarthScope. Although several members of UTIG's staff hold faculty ap- pointments in the Department of Geological Sciences, UTIG does not offer degrees directly. Rather, degrees are awarded through the academic departments of the university. Most students engaged in research at UTIG are enrolled in the Department of Geological Sciences. Students come to UTIG from across the nation and around the world and graduate to pursue careers in academia, industry and government. UTIG is a part of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. The Jackson School unites the Department of Geological Sciences, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Insti- tute for Geophysics, bringing together more than 145 fac- ulty and research scientists. The personnel, analytical and computational facilities, library resources and funds com- bined in the Jackson School afford a learning and research environment for faculty, researchers and students. Contact: Dr. Terrence Quinn, Director, Institute for Geophysics, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Bldg. 196 (ROC), 10100 Burnet Rd., #R2200, Austin, TX 78758-4445; 512-471-6156; www. University of Texas Marine Science Institute Port Aransas, Texas The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is located on the Gulf of Mexico at Port Aransas, Texas, and is a sat- ellite campus of the University of Texas at Austin. The insti- tute maintains the Department of Marine Science within the College of Natural Sciences. The department offers graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) and upper-division undergraduate courses in marine science. Students are expected to have completed a baccalaureate degree in one of the natural sciences. Gradu- ate students normally spend an academic year on the Austin campus. Thereafter, they take specialized marine courses and conduct thesis and dissertation research at the Marine Sci- ence Institute. The College of Natural Sciences also offers a B.S. degree in marine and freshwater biology, which includes many courses offered by the Department of Marine Science. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute's main campus is located on 72 acres of beach-front land, at the mouth of the Aransas Channel and the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. It is a complete campus including 5-acre boat basin, methods in ocean engineering and dynamics of offshore structures. Facilities include a wind-wave tank equipped with a random sea generator, variable-slope recirculating open channel and wave flume, towing tank, wave basin, dredging test loop with slurry pipe flow test section and other fluid me- chanics laboratory equipment. Data acquisition systems and ocean measurement equipment are also available. A coastal engineering laboratory houses a large towing tank and a large 3D basin with a random wave generator. A large deepwater wave basin with multidirectional wave capability is available at the Offshore Technology Research Center on campus. Use of a research vessel and other small boats is arranged with the oceanography and civil engineering departments and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. Eleven faculty members are involved full time, and several others participate on a part-time basis. Contact: Dr. Billy L. Edge, Head, Ocean Engineering Program, Civil Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, 3136 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-3136; info@civil.tamu. edu; Degrees offered: B.S., M.S., M.E., Ph.D., D.Eng. in ocean en- gineering through the Ocean Engineering Program of the Civil Engineering Department. B.S. in marine science through the Department of Marine Science, Pelican Island. B.S. in marine biology through the Department of Marine Biology, Pelican Island. B.S. in marine engineering and maritime system engi- neering through engineering programs, Pelican Island. Marine science, biology and engineering degrees offer admission to the U.S. Maritime Service license option program. Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas Texas A&M, Corpus Christi, offers a marine science program within the disciplines of biology, chemistry and geology. The campus is located near several estuaries that are unique within the borders of the United States, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. The program involves both laboratory and field stud- ies supported by small boats and four-wheel-drive vehicles. Field studies are primarily directed at the coastal environ- ment, encompassing not only the south Texas coast but also extending as far south as the coral reef complexes of Central Mexico. Contact: Chairman, Division of Science, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, 6300 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78412; 512-994-2741 or 512-994-2465. Degrees offered: B.S. in biology, chemistry or geology, with an emphasis in marine science. M.S. in biology, with an emphasis in marine biology. M.S. in mariculture. Degree programs are offered in environmental science: B.S. and M.S. with coastal environmental emphasis. Texas A&M University, Galveston Galveston, Texas At Texas A&M University, Galveston (TAMUG), the ocean is the classroom. Ocean voyages, sailing in Galveston Bay, beach- front experiment and independent study complement the rigor- ous classroom experience. TAMUG offers ocean-oriented, four-year courses in business, oceanographic/physical and biological sciences, engineering and transportation. Degrees are awarded from Texas A&M University. TAMUG provides undergraduate degree programs in marine biology, marine sciences (oceanography), marine en- gineering technology, marine transportation, marine fisheries, maritime system engineering (ocean/civil), maritime studies, ocean and coastal resources and maritime administration (pol- icy/business). A master's degree is offered in marine resources management and marine biology. TAMUG houses the Texas Maritime Academy, one of five seacoast maritime academies in the U.S. preparing graduates for licensing as officers in the American Merchant Marine. This program provides an opportunity for students to learn how to operate and maintain an oceangoing vessel. In addition to classroom and field training during the regular school year, students will sail aboard a training vessel during three summer cruises to gain practical experience in seamanship, navigation and operations. Each summer, the Texas Clipper II (with its complement of about 240 cadets, faculty and staff) sails to exotic ports of call. Cruises are varied to include northern Europe, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the United States. At the conclusion of the program, cadets are tested to become licensed as officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine and may seek employment in ma- rine transportation as a licensed third mate or third assistant engineer. The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program offers men and women an opportunity to qualify for a commission in the U.S. Navy while attending TAMUG. All of these stu- dents are required to participate in the U.S. Maritime Service Corps of Cadets and may qualify for licensing as a third mate or third assistant engineer. Any student may join the program either as a National Scholarship winner or as a nonsubsi- dized college program student. The Mitchell Campus, situated on the Galveston Harbor and close to the confluence of the Galveston and Houston ship channels, has immediate access to the ocean and to estuarine areas, including Galveston Bay. The Port of Galves- ton and Port of Houston are nearby, as are many Gulf Coast industries. Housed at the Mitchell Campus is a fleet of ves- sels ranging from the 394-foot training ship Texas Clipper to the 48-foot Roamin Empire, as well as smaller power and sailboats. On these vessels, students learn seamanship, re- search techniques and the practical application of theory. The Mitchell Campus includes three dormitories, classroom and laboratory buildings, the Jack K. Williams Library and pable of collecting high-resolution seismic data, sample col- lection, box coring, and piston and vibracoring in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The Department of Biology is active in wetlands and estuarine research. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science is active in ocean engineering research. The Department of Environ- mental Science and Engineering is active in environmental research. Contact: Dr. Andre W. Droxler, Department of Ge- ology and Geophysics, or Dr. Frank M. Fisher, Department of Biology, Rice University, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251. Degrees offered: B.S., B.S.M.E., M.M.E., M.M.S., M.S., Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and materials science. B.A., M.E.E., M.E.S., M.S., Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering. M.A., Ph.D. in geology and geophysics. M.A., Ph.D. in biology. Tarleton State University Stephenville, Texas Tarleton State University (TSU) is part of the Texas A&M Uni- versity (TAMU) system. TSU offers a B.S. degree in biology with a marine concentration. All basic coursework is com- pleted on the Tarleton campus, with summer fieldwork and courses available from TAMU at Galveston. In addition to the university core courses required for graduation, students take courses in introductory biology, microbiology, heredity, invertebrate zoology, ecology, ichthyology, physical geology, introduction to marine biology, marine ecology, biostatistics, physics and chemistry through organic or biochemistry. Re- lated science electives vary with individual programs, but commonly include environmental science, parasitology or hydrology. TSU's main campus is located in Stephenville, about 65 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. Biological and physical sciences are housed in a 148,000-square-foot science building. Biology facilities are well equipped for systematic, ecological, physiological and molecular studies. An M.S. degree in biological sciences with a marine bio- logical specialization is also available. This degree requires 36 hours of graduate coursework, including six hours of the- sis work. Marine-related research has included brachyuran systematics and ecology and Caribbean coral reef system- atics and zoogeography. Marine-related research includes reproductive and genetic studies of the estuarine mud crab Rhithropanopeus harrisii, which has been inadvertently intro- duced into many Texas lakes and has established reproducing populations. Grants, work programs, assistantships, scholar- ships and loans are available through the office of financial aid. For additional information, contact: Department of Bio- logical Sciences, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX 76402. Texas A&M University College Station, Texas Graduate degrees are awarded at the Ph.D. and M.S. level in oceanography. The university also offers a nonthesis master of geoscience degree and a certificate in ocean observing sys- tems. The certificate program is intended to train a new gen- eration of oceanographic professionals who will be knowl- edgeable in the development, design and implementation of real-time operational oceanography systems. A minor in oceanography is offered at the undergraduate level. Facilities include state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and field equip- ment, including workstation computer labs, flow cytometry, digital deep-tow seismic survey systems and mass spec- trometers. Researchers also have access to central university facilities, such as electron microscopes, supercomputers, a visualization laboratory, wave tanks and a nuclear reactor. Basic research funding plus partnerships with industry and agencies lead to many research opportunities in seafloor ex- ploration, seafloor hazards, sediment transport, plate tecton- ics, paleoceanography and climate change, biogeochemistry, benthic ecology, biodiversity, carbon-nitrogen-sulfur cycling, phytoplankton and zooplankton ecology, biophysical mea- surements and modeling, measurement and modeling of the ocean shelf and estuarine circulation and climate cycles, and oceans and human health. A 40-member faculty offers a range of graduate courses; research is assisted by an addition- al 17 research scientists. Most grad students are in College Station, but some graduate students move to Galveston to work with faculty at the Texas A&M University at Galveston branch campus. Teaching/research assistantships and fellow- ships are available. Research groups or centers housing fac- ulty associated with the oceanography department include the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group, the U.S. Office of the Global Ocean Observing System and the Texas Sea Grant Program. Contact: Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M Universi- ty, College Station, TX 77843-3146;; http:// Degrees offered: Ph.D. and M.S. in oceanography, master of geosciences, certificate in ocean observing systems, un- dergraduate minor in oceanography. Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in ocean engineering are offered. The undergraduate program provides a curriculum covering mathematics, basic sciences, basic engineering, oceanography, fluid mechanics, coastal engineering, marine structures, naval architecture, ocean- wave theory, numerical methods in ocean engineering, diving technology, underwater acoustics and ocean measurements. The graduate program offers advanced courses in estuary hy- drodynamics, offshore and coastal structures, marine founda- tions, marine dredging and ocean mining, hydromechanics, oceanography, mathematics, coastal engineering, numerical

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