What do FCCMS students do?
University of Massachusetts senior Rachel Bratton describes her summer internship studying the effects of climate change on seabird diets in Maine.
The Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program offers an interdisciplinary marine-related curriculum to undergraduate students enrolled in the five campuses (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and Amherst College). The Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Certificate is available to students at all five campuses.
Through active affiliations with some of the nation's premier centers for marine study (field trips, internships, and study-away programs), students engage in hands-on research to complement course work. Many students who participate in the program go on to advanced study or professional work in various areas of marine science.
Five College faculty from both natural and social sciences teach courses in the program. The disciplines represented include animal behavior, biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, engineering, geology, natural resource management, and zoology in the natural sciences, and government, public policy and economics in the social sciences.
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