NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST), located on Bogue Sound in Morehead City, supports inter-disciplinary research and a rich educational experience in marine science. Programs span three colleges and six departments at NC State and include study in Aquatic Animal Health and Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Marine Ecology and Conservation, Estuarine and Coastal Fisheries, Seafood Technology, Marine Bio-Technology, and K-12 STEM Marine Science Education, at incredibly diverse ranges of habitats and ecosystems like small estuarine tidal creeks, large estuaries systems, dynamic barrier islands, coastal shelf and hard-bottom habitats, and the Gulf Stream.
The proximity of the CMAST facility in the “coastal research triangle” of marine science facilities in Carteret County, encourages multi-institutional and cross-disciplinary research. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences, Duke University Marine Lab, and the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory are located within five miles of each other. Other nearby agencies and facilities include the NC Division of Marine Fisheries in Morehead City, the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
In Spring 2017, the first class of 25 undergraduates participated in an intensive hands-on semester in marine science for the first Semester @ CMAST (S@C) program. This series of full semester study encourages students to get their feet wet and hands sandy alongside top professional researchers and graduate students. S@C is the first-of-its-kind NC State commitment for a semester-long, academic coastal and marine program for a large class of undergraduate students. Participating students of any major will take a full academic semester at CMAST, earning 15 credit hours of NC State courses. No prerequisites are required.
Courses for the program include:
- MEA 200, Introduction to Oceanography, DELTA, (3 Cr), Spring Semester, Raleigh
- MEA 493-2, Marine Conservation Biology, 3 Cr, Dr. Dave Eggleston & C. Price
- AEC 495 -4, Marine Fisheries, 3 Cr, Dr. Jeff Buckel & Mr. Jess Hawkins
- ES 295-1, Biology of Marine Mammals Course, 3 Cr, Dr. Vicky Thayer
- ES 295-2, Marine Resource Management & Policy, 3 Cr, Dr. Louis Daniel
Optional External Learning Experience Courses for 3 credit hours, include:
- ES 496, Environmental Science Internship
- ES 497, Environmental Science Professional Development Activity
- ES 498, Environmental Science Research
- ES 499, Environmental Science Undergraduate Thesis
Optional courses at Carteret Community College are also available.
Tuition and the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) costs are the same as for students on NC State’s main campus. All students will stay in suites at the CMAST Coastal Quarters with a rate similar to University Housing. All suites have kitchens, so no meal plan is available. Living, studying, and networking as a community is an important part of the experience.
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Student Applications are required to participate.
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2017 Spring Semester Student Application Form
Application Dates: Now Accepting Applications
Where will the program be located?
All classes will be at CMAST in Morehead City, NC
Are there extra costs?
No. Tuition, fees, and the student health plan will be the same as for on campus courses.
What courses will I be taking?
Courses available include:
- 1. MEA 200, Introduction to Oceanography, DELTA, (3 Cr), Spring Semester, Raleigh
- 2. MEA 495-1, Marine Conservation Biology, 3 Cr, Dr. Dave Eggleston & C. Price
- 3. AEC 495 -4, Marine Fisheries, 3 Cr, Dr. Jeff Buckel & Mr. Jess Hawkins
- 4. ES 295-1, Biology of Marine Mammals Course, 3 Cr, Dr. Vicky Thayer
- 5. ES 295-2, Marine Resource Management & Policy, 3 Cr, Dr. Louis Daniel
What if I’ve already taken MEA 200?
You can choose an alternate DELTA course. Alternatively, if you are an ES student, you have the opportunity to complete your ELE (see next question).
Will there be opportunities for undergraduate research, internships, etc.?
Yes, the following courses are available for 1 – 3 Cr:
- 1. ES 496, Environmental Science Internship
- 2. ES 497, Environmental Science Professional Development Activity
- 3. ES 498, Environmental Science Research
- 4. ES 499, Environmental Science Undergraduate Thesis
Where will I stay?
Lodging is available for students at the nearby CMAST Coastal Quarters, with rates of approximately $2,915 per person/semester for a shared room, and $3,263 per person/semester for your own room.” The CMAST Coastal Quarters is an apartment complex located within walking distance of CMAST, with large bedrooms, living area, full kitchen facilities, and backyard with patio.
Where will I eat?
All suites have kitchens at CMAST Coastal Quarters, so there will be no meal plan.
My family lives nearby, do I have to stay at the Marine Lab?
All students will stay at the CMAST Coastal Quarters as living, studying, and networking as a community is an important part of the experience.
Are there any prerequisites to participate?
No, there are no prerequisite courses
Can students from any major apply?
Yes, students from all majors are welcome
Will there be organized activities on the weekends? Will they be required?
What is the maximum number of students who can participate?
Space in the program is limited to 25 students
Will I need to bring any specialized equipment or materials?
No special equipment or materials will be necessary for the coursework. Students should bring appropriate outdoor rain gear, jackets, and footwear for field trips and light fieldwork.
Will I need to buy additional student health and dental insurance?
No. Students who are eligible for the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) will be covered with health care insurance while with the Semester@CMAST program. Students can visit www.bcbsnc.com/student to locate a provider in a certain area.