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Kutztown University offers NSF STEM Scholarship Opportunity
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Kutztown University a grant to fund scholarships for incoming Freshmen in either the Marine Science or the Environmental Science programs. Both of these majors have a strong interdisciplinary focus, including course work in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. In addition, these programs emphasize hands-on experience via extensive and diverse laboratory exercises, as well as collaborative research opportunities. Eligible students will have demonstrated high academic achievement based on GPA, class rank, and SAT or ACT test scores, and will also have demonstrated family financial need (based on the FAFSA).

Students selected for this program will receive scholarship support up to $7,000/year based on each family’s determined financial need, plus a second award to fund the purchase of books.

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            geology field tripPrograms

Marine science is a multidisciplinary approach to studying the nature of the oceans.  Marine scientists must be expert at biology, chemistry, geology, and physics so they can see how the living creatures are affected by the chemistry of their environment and the physics of ocean circulation.  The geology of the ocean floors affects the chemistry/physics/biology of the oceans, and geological phenomena record ancient oceanic conditions.  A true marine scientist can synthesize concepts from all of these disciplines with this holistic approach to science.  The Marine Science degree at Kutztown University is designed to prepare you for life as a multidisciplinary scientist. 
Marine scientists are also simultaneously generalists and specialists.  The Marine Science degree at Kutztown University offers a choice of two specializations called "tracks": 
  1. Marine Biology Track for people who want to look at how marine life interacts with its environment, (major course requirements and general education requirements) and
  2. Oceanography Track for people who wish to primarily explore questions about the chemistry, physics, and geology of the oceans (major course requirements and general education requirements).
We also offer a minor in Marine Sciences for people who want to supplement other majors.

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            Marine Science students on a marine geology field trip


Marine Science courses are taught by expert faculty in each discipline.  Kutztown University offers classes both at Kutztown University and the Marine Science Consortium facility at Wallops Island, Virginia Classes taught during the regular school year have field trips to the shore, providing students with hands-on learning experiences.  Classes in summer are held at the Marine Science Consortium site where students can stay in dorms for an immersion experience!  Please click here to see a list of our exciting Marine Science course.

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            Marine Science faculty with students doing coastal research


Principal Marine Science Faculty
Adrienne Oakley - Marine Geoscientist - Ph.D., University of Hawaii, Manoa - Dr. Adrienne Oakley contact
Wendy L. Ryan - Marine Biologist - Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography - Dr. Wendy Ryan contact

Associated Science Faculty
Edward Simpson - Geologist - Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute - Dr. Edward Simpson contact
Dan Blanchard - Organic chemist - Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Dr. Dan Blanchard contact
Matthew StoneEcologist/Biologist - Ph.D., Oklahoma State University - Dr.
            Matthew Stone contact

Kutztown University Marine Science students at the
            Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium

Marine Science Consortium

Kutztown University Marine Science students get amazing hands-on experience in the field at the Marine Science Consortium station at Wallops Island, Virginia.
A unique cooperative agreement between Kutztown University and 15 other academic institutions allows KU to offer a comprehensive Marine Science program. The Marine Science Consortium, Inc., a nonprofit corporation created by the member institutions, allows them to pool their resources of facilities, instructors, and equipment. In 1974, these resources were used to establish the Wallops Island Marine Science Center adjacent to Chincoteague Bay, the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague National Seashore, VA. Primary facilities include: biology laboratories, marine geology and chemistry laboratories, classrooms, library, administrative offices, cafeteria, equipment rooms, plus housing for 350 students and faculty. Facilities are available at the center for marine investigations in geological, physical, chemical, and biological investigations of terrestrial, marsh and marine environments. Three vessels, from 38'-50' in length, are available for educational and research purposes inshore or on the high seas. Numerous small boats are also available for projects near the station.

Sam Santiago with Juno the beluga whaleStudent Research

Extracurricular research projects give students practical, hands-on experience in the practice of science.  Summer internships are a great way to get professional experience while having amazing adventures.  Please click here to see examples of research and internships that Kutztown University Marine Science students are doing.

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With 71% of the Earth's surface covered by ocean, careers in marine science are diverse and great opportunities to travel and see the world.  Please click here for a list of some of the types of jobs Marine Science graduates pursue.


Please click here to see what jobs some Kutztown University Marine Science majors have gone on to do after graduation.

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Kurt Friehauf - February 2014