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Chincoteague Bay Field Station of the Marine Science Consortium

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Marine Science at Wallops Island, VA

Kutztown University's involvement with the Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) allows us to offer a comprehensive, hands-on, and field-oriented Marine Science program. Located adjacent to Chincoteague Bay and the National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, VA, the CBFS provides outstanding multi-disciplinary educational and research opportunities through field-based and hands-on learning ( Two flat-bottomed monitor vessels, a 50-ft-steel-hull research vessel, and a small whaler skiff are available for educational and research purposes either inshore or on the high seas.  Hands-on field experience is one of the most critical pedagogues in Marine Science at Kutztown and these field components are integral to all courses at Wallops Island.  The Marine Science major at Kutztown requires three summer field courses at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.
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CBFS College Programs


3 credits | 4 sessions, 3 weeks each | Open to all college students | Housing on-site
CBFS's field-based college courses are offered through member institutions. 

Courses provide students with valuable field experience, college credits and lasting connections. 

Session I
May 20-June 8
Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Biology
Geographic Information System*
Biological Oceanography
Coral Reef Ecology*
Session II: June 10 - June 29
Marine Ichthyology*
Field Methods in Oceanography
Marine Ecology
Coastal Ornithology
Marine Botany
Session III: July 1 - July 20
Marine Mammals
Wetland Ecology
Coastal Environmental Oceanography
Behavioral Ecology
Session IV: July 22 - August 10
Literature and Society
Coastal Watershed Monitoring and Management
Marine Invertebrates
Marine Ecology
Coastal Hazards and Sustainability

Courses are subject to change or cancellation.
*This course has a different schedule and/ or a travel component. Please see course page for details on dates and fees.

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CHINCOTEAGUE BAY FIELD STATION  | 34001 Mill Dam Road  |  Wallops Island, VA 23337  |  (757) 824-5636  |