Center for Marine Resource Studies

Fundamentals of Marine Conservation

Turks and Caicos Islands
Summer Session 1
4 Weeks
4 Credits
Summer 2024
Jun 3 - Jul 2
Closed
Program Costs
  • Tuition$6,350
  • Room & Board$2,550
  • Total$8,900
Application Deadlines
Summer 2024
March 15, 2024
Summer Session 1 Program

Fundamentals of Marine Conservation

South Caicos Islands,
Turks and Caicos Islands

Dive under the waves and study marine conservation. Explore the spectacular reefs and turquoise waters of South Caicos, snorkeling or diving with rays, turtles, brilliantly colored fish, and other marine life. In this fundamentals course, you’ll learn about the environmental issues and policies affecting these ecosystems and the island community, and gain the skills needed to conduct marine research. 

  • Swim, dive, or snorkel nearly every day in the tropical western Atlantic – learn marine species identification and population assessment techniques while visiting coral reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove nurseries, sand bars, and small uninhabited cays. 
  • Discuss the ecological impacts of marine protected areas (MPAs) and participate in an assessment survey of the queen conch, an important economic and cultural resource. 
  • Earn your Open Water SCUBA certification. This lifelong certification unlocks years of underwater exploration! Learn more here

Academics

This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. Each program combines theory learned during classroom sessions with field-based applications. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Major academic themes include:

  • Marine ecology and conservation
  • Climate change and ocean acidification
  • Marine protected areas
  • Coastal management
  • Marine resource management strategies
  • Sustainable tourism and fisheries practices

Courses

On the Fundamentals of Marine Conservation program, you will take one 4-credit course. This course is participatory in nature and is designed to foster inquiry and active learning combining lectures, field exercises, assignments, and tests. This course is taught in English.

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SFS 3530
Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management
4 credits
SFS 3530

Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management

4 credits

This course is an interdisciplinary course that highlights key aspects of environmental assessment and management of tropical marine ecosystems. In addition, students explore sustainable development strategies for the Turks and Caicos Islands that are successful on a local and global scale. Students gain knowledge of subtropical marine ecosystem function and connectivity, and begin to understand the most pressing challenges at the intersection of marine conservation and economic development. Students learn how to engage in management of local fisheries and coastal development and how to respond to the global phenomena of climate change and ocean acidification.

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Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: marine species identification and population monitoring, habitat and biodiversity assessment, underwater transects and quadrats, snorkel and scuba skills, coral health survey, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and PADI Open Water Diver certification (offered at an additional cost, upon request).

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities which may include coral reefs, mangrove islands, seagrass beds, fishing communities, carbonate platform flats, coastal ecosystems, beaches, marine protected areas, numerous shallow-water snorkeling sites, and the historical tourist hub of Providenciales.


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Semester

Marine Resource Studies

15 Weeks
16 Credits
Spring 2024
Jan 30 - May 10
In the Field
Fall 2024
Sep 6 - Dec 17
Open
Spring 2025
Jan 27 - May 9
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Program Costs
  • Tuition$22,600
  • Room & Board$7,200
  • Total$29,800
Summer Session 1

Fundamentals of Marine Conservation

4 Weeks
4 Credits
Summer 2024
Jun 3 - Jul 2
Closed

More Information

Program Costs
  • Tuition$6,350
  • Room & Board$2,550
  • Total$8,900
Summer Session 2

Marine Fauna

4 Weeks
4 Credits
Summer 2024
Jul 8 - Aug 6
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More Information

Program Costs
  • Tuition$6,350
  • Room & Board$2,550
  • Total$8,900

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