Wilkes University

Marine Science

Marine Science

Interested in Marine Science?

At Wilkes, you can focus your studies in Marine Science.  We offer classes in Oceanography and Marine Ecology.  Students have opportunities to explore marine ecosystems at Wallops Island (VA), the Delaware Bay (NJ), and Island Beach State Park, NJ.

Oceanography (EES 230) provides you with the background to understand natural and anthropogenic processes occurring in marine ecosystems. 

In Marine Ecology (BIO/EES 334), you will study the interaction between marine organisms and their habitat.  You will have the opportunity to participate in field trips to at least two different marine ecosystems.

If you are interested contact Dr. Jeff Stratford (BIO) prior to the start of the spring semester.

Marine Science Consortium

Wilkes is a member of the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium.  The consortium operates a marine field station and offers education programs that support classroom, laboratory, and field activities.  

Additional resources within the area include Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague National Seashore, and the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility.  Nearby barrier islands are biologically diverse and geologically dynamic.  Many of the islands and marshes remain undeveloped and area waters have sustained fishing, crabbing, and oystering for generations.

Careers in Marine Science

The oceans are considered to be the last frontier of exploration on Earth.  We know more about the moons surface than we do about the deep ocean basins.  The oceans play an important role in climate.  A strong foundation in understanding marine ecosystems could lead to jobs in economics, policy, environmental consulting, biology, or engineering fields.

If you're interested in pursuing a research career, you can find opportunities in academia, industry, government, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, and entrepreneurship.