Five College Consortium

Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program


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Would you like to begin working on the certificate?
FCCMS Spring Symposium and Reception
April 13, 2017 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Amherst College Alumni House
Certificate students present their independent
research project posters.
Ocean News:

Effects of Changing Temperatures on Phytoplankton

Everglades mangroves worth billions as carbon sink

The North Atlantic's first Marine National Monument sparks controversy
What do FCCMS certificate students do?
Here is an example!
Mount Holyoke College junior Erin Jones describes her semester at SEA. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~><(((*> Quick Links:
The Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum to undergraduate students enrolled in the five campuses (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and Amherst College). Through field trips and active affiliations with some of the nation's premier centers for marine study, 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.

Faculty from both natural and social sciences teach courses in the program. The disciplines represented include biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, engineering, wildlife management, geography, geology, physics and zoology in the natural sciences, and government, public policy and economics in the social sciences.  The Five College Costal and Marine Sciences Certificate is available to students at all five campuses.