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Page 84 of 115 SECTION E • Educational Institutions • BG 2018 85 WASHINGTON Bellingham Technical College Bellingham, Wash. A fisheries technology course is designed to train students in fish culture, aquaculture, salmon net-pen operations and other marine-related areas. All aspects of the program provide hands-on activities, including fieldwork and site visitations. Related classroom instruction and lab work will be integrated with practical skill development. Course and practical instruc- tion is provided at the Maritime Heritage Center, which fea- tures salmon and trout propagation in its own hatchery. Course curriculum includes introduction to the program, fish culture, aquaculture, fish biology, basic marine science, seamanship, introduction to commercial fishing techniques, seafood con- cepts, computer skills and occupational specialty. The college offers an A.A.S. degree, as well as a certificate option. Contact: Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave., Belling- ham, WA 98225-1599; 360-752-7000; Divers Institute of Technology LLC Seattle, Wash. The institute is a professional commercial diving school. Each work project is designed to train and test the student's ability, resourcefulness and capability for practical achievement. The school offers a complete and comprehensive seven-month course designed to meet the growth of the commercial div- ing industry. Divers Institute offers graduates internationally recognized certification. Placement assistance is offered. In addition to being approved for veterans' training, the school is an eligible institution under federal aid programs, includ- ing both grants and loans. Contact: Director of Admissions, Divers Institute of Technology, 1341 N Northlake Way, Ste. 150, Seattle, WA 98103-8947; 206-783-5542; www.diver Grays Harbor College Aberdeen, Wash. In the field of fisheries technology, technician and four-year college transfer programs provide training for field techni- cians and lab technicians. Jobs require basic training in science, mathematics and associated skills at the advanced technician level. The majority of courses in two-year pro- grams are offered in a variety of departments, plus special courses, such as fisheries biology, marine biology, water resources and field and lab methods in timber, fish and wildlife. Watershed analysis, restoration and monitoring are emphasized. Nine basic and advanced courses in geographic information systems complement studies in fisheries and natural resources. Student technicians may be employed in local field studies while in training. Grays Harbor College is located on a seaport with considerable commercial and sport fishing. The institution's facilities include a salmon aquaculture center, a model watershed and a five-acre freshwater lake and stream leading to the Pacific Ocean. Two 17-foot Bos- ton Whalers and a 30-foot aluminum diesel-powered vessel make up the training and research fleet. Contact: Associate Dean for Admissions and Records, Grays Harbor College, 1620 Edward P. Smith Dr., Aberdeen, WA 98520; www.ghc. edu. Degrees offered: A.S., A.A.S. Peninsula College Port Angeles, Wash. The Fisheries Technology Program is designed to instruct stu- dents in aquaculture and mariculture of gamefish, foodfish and shellfish in a fish hatchery and to collect data in the field and laboratory in a computer format for statistical analysis. Students gain competency in identification and population assessment of freshwater and marine fish, aquatic insects, marine invertebrates and aquatic and marine plants. Expe- rience is also gained in the preservation of samples, water analysis, slide preparation, small boat operation, fisheries gear utilization and maintenance of field and laboratory equipment. Facilities include classrooms, laboratories, an equipment room, museum, workshop, hatchery, marine lab with classrooms and wet lab, and 18- and 22-foot boats. Introduction to Oceanography is a general survey of geo- logical, physical, chemical and biological oceanography. Topics include history of oceanography, origin of ocean ba- sins, plate tectonics, seafloor, waves, tides, currents, proper- ties of water, composition of seawater, ocean productivity, pelagic environment, benthic environment, coastal process- es, marine resources and pollution. Contact: Registrar, Pen- insula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, WA 98362-6698; 360-452-9277. Degrees offered: A.A.S. in fisheries technology. Seattle Central Community College Seattle Maritime Academy Seattle, Wash. The Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA) offers training directed toward the workboat industry, commercial fishing and the Merchant Marine. SMA offers technical vocational training and professional certification preparation. Students may ei- ther enroll in the formal certificate programs or pursue mari- time training on a part-time basis. tories, computer facilities and research laboratories for geol- ogy and biological, chemical and geological oceanography. The Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography is located in a building near campus and houses all of the department's physical oceanography laboratories. The Center for Quan- titative Fisheries is housed just off Colley Avenue. The de- partment maintains the 55-foot RV Fay Slover, primarily for estuarine and coastal studies. In addition to the Slover, the department has a number of small boats, suitable for near- shore investigations. Contact: Graduate Program Director, Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0276; OEASinfo@; Degrees offered: B.S., M.S. ocean and Earth sciences; Ph.D. in oceanography. University of Virginia Charlottesville, Va. The major facilities of the Department of Environmental Sci- ences are on the grounds of the University of Virginia, Charlot- tesville. These consist of a major building, additional research laboratories in Halsey Hall and several semipermanent field sites on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Virginia Bar- rier Islands and adjacent to the Florida Keys and Everglades Estuary. The department operates a fleet of small boats in addi- tion to analytical laboratories for environmental chemistry and biogeochemistry. The department maintains a hydrodynamic and hydraulics laboratory and freshwater and marine aquaria systems. The department offers B.A., B.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Contact: Chairman, Department of Environmental Sciences, Clark Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903; 804-924-7761; fax: 804-982-2137; Virginia Institute of Marine Science School of Marine Science Gloucester Point, Va. The College of William and Mary's School of Marine Science/ Virginia Institute of Marine Science (SMS/VIMS) is located at Gloucester Point on the York River, an important estuary with easy access to the Chesapeake Bay and the nearby Atlantic Ocean. There is a branch campus at Wachapreague on Vir- ginia's Eastern Shore. Programs of study leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in marine science are offered at the school. Students enrolled in these programs may choose to specialize in one of several areas of concentration, including biological oceanography, physical oceanography, chemistry and toxi- cology, geological oceanography, marine fisheries science and marine resource management. Though the courses of- fered at the school are primarily for graduate students, ad- vanced undergraduates may participate in selected introduc- tory-level courses. Research opportunities for undergraduates are also available through a 10-week summer intern program for upper-level undergraduate students. The primary orientation of faculty and student research involves coastal ocean, estuarine and tidal freshwater envi- ronments. Post-doctoral fellowships are also available to in- dividuals for study in these areas of research. Major areas of study include invertebrate ecology with particular emphasis on crustaceans, mollusks and benthos; submerged aquatic vegetation and emergent wetlands; plankton processes; nutrient cycling; ecosystem modeling; finfish population dynamics and vertebrate ecology; molluscan aquaculture; parasitology and shellfish microbiology; molecular genetics; environmental chemistry; chemical toxicology and pathobi- ology; shoreface and estuarine sediment transport processes; estuarine circulation processes; and numerical modeling. The school's facilities include well-equipped laboratories for research in the major oceanographic subdisciplines. Facilities also include a marine science library containing more than 43,985 volumes and 521 current subscriptions; a student computer laboratory; a number of research vessels for estuarine and coastal operations, including the 65-foot RV Bay Eagle; and aircraft for remote sensing and photo- graphic applications. The institute also houses a commercial- size shellfish hatchery for large-scale production of oysters from selected parental stocks. The Eastern Shore campus at Wachapreague is ideally suited for research on the barrier island and lagoon systems. It also offers shellfish culture fa- cilities and access to the coastal embayments, salt marshes and barrier beaches of the Atlantic Coast. Contact: Director, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, P.O. Box 1346, Glouces- ter Point, VA 23062-1346; 804-642-7103; Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D. in marine science from the College of William and Mary. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has re- search and teaching facilities located on the main campus in Blacksburg and has a small marine laboratory in Hamp- ton, Virginia. Contact: Head, Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, or Head, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0321; Degrees offered: B.S., M.S. in aerospace and ocean engi- neering; Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, with a specialty in ocean engineering; B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in fisheries sciences. laboratories, classrooms, offices, resource center, dormitories and cafeteria. In addition to the typical campus structures, the institute also has public spaces: a visitors center, aquaria, auditorium and 3.5-acre Wetlands Education Center. Its most recent addition is the Estuarine Research Center, an LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-des- ignated building that houses the headquarters of the Mission- Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve. A new research pier allows direct access for research proj- ects in the Aransas Pass tidal inlet connecting the gulf with the bays. This 300-foot pier has a 1,200-square-foot lab at its base and a 150-square-foot instrument room on the end. The pier also has an electric winch for deploying sampling equipment, such as plankton nets and large-mesh tide traps to study fluxes of biota through the inlet. A mile west of the main campus is the Fisheries and Mari- culture Laboratory (FAML) on 10 acres adjacent to the ship channel. This facility includes four large laboratories, which provide for temperature and photoperiod control. The FAML complex provides facilities for research on spawning and rearing of marine finfish and crustaceans and affords unique opportunities for research utilizing captive animals. Contact: Director, Marine Science Institute, 750 Channel View Dr., The University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015; 361-749-6711; fax: 361-749-6777; www. The University of Texas - Rio Grande Edinburg, Texas The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Coastal Stud- ies Lab is located on South Padre Island, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border. The marine science program includes undergraduate and graduate courses in marine botany, ma- rine zoology, ichthyology and marine ecology. Courses are offered as part of the biology curricula. Work is confined to jetties, beach and dune areas and Lower Laguna Madre. Fa- cilities include a classroom, two teaching labs, five research labs and an outdoor enclosure for rearing organisms and for experimentation. Contact: Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez, Executive Director, The University of Texas-Pan American, Coastal Stud- ies Laboratory, 100 Marine Lab Dr., South Padre Island, TX 78597; 956-761-2644; fax: 956-761-2913; csl. VIRGINIA Chincoteague Bay Field Station Wallops Island, Va. Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) is a nonprofit envi- ronmental education center and field station located in Wal- lops Island, Va. CBFS hosts thousands of students each year through school programs (grades 3-12), marine science sum- mer camps, college field trips, college summer courses, and research opportunities. Summer college offerings include field methods in oceanography, marine biology, ornithology, herpetology, marine invertebrates, introduction to GIS, be- havioral ecology, ichthyology and many more. Precollege programming focuses on barrier island ecosys- tems, hands-on exploration, and marine ecology. The Field Station boasts a 30-acre campus complete with residential housing, wet and dry learning labs, an education center, caf- eteria, and a fleet of vehicles. CBFS also owns three research vessels, a fleet of kayaks, and a coastal research campus in Greenbackville, VA. Contact: CBFS, 34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island, VA 23337; 757-824-5636; www.cbfieldsta No degrees offered but provides for-credit courses. Old Dominion University Norfolk, Va. The Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers an undergraduate major in ocean and Earth sciences. Undergraduate majors select one of five emphases (biological oceanography, chemical oceanography, physical oceanogra- phy, geology or Earth science education) that lead to the B.S. in ocean and Earth sciences. Minors in geology and in oceanog- raphy are also offered. Two graduate programs are offered: an M.S. in ocean and Earth sciences and a Ph.D. in oceanography. Students in the ocean and Earth science program focus on global systems that control environmental conditions on the planet. They also learn to develop solutions to complex en- vironmental problems by working in interdisciplinary teams. All majors in the department complete courses in the basic sciences and mathematics, core courses in Earth systems sci- ence and a capstone field research experience. The M.S. degree in ocean and Earth science has both the- sis and nonthesis options. Areas of emphasis are biological oceanography, chemical oceanography, geological oceanog- raphy, geology and physical oceanography. Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged. Both the environmental sciences and the marine science/ oceanography programs take a holistic approach to solving scientific problems by emphasizing the relationships among geological, chemical, physical and biological systems in the global environment. The Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Scienc- es is housed in three buildings. The Oceanography/Physical Sciences Building contains state-of-the-art teaching labora-

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