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The School for Field Studies (SFS) - Turks & Caicos: Summer Marine Resource Management (B)(D)
South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 08/01/2020 TBA TBA
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.8
Housing Options: Other Term: Summer
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SFS Program Advisor: Claire Retterer
Area of Study: Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies Program Type: Field Study
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Program Description:

TROPICAL MARINE ECOSYSTEMS: MONITORING & MANAGEMENT


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session I
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (1 F&M credit)
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Students explore the ecological and socioeconomic aspects of various tropical marine ecosystems, learning how to assess and maintain their health. Students will engage in several field exercises identifying and studying coastal ecosystems and their species, including mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrass beds. Students also consider how climate change and ocean acidification may impact TCI’s marine ecosystems.

The spectacular reefs, turquoise waters, and island community of South Caicos serve as the laboratories for studies and field work. Research sites, field exercises, and excursions include:
  • Exploring coral reefs, fringe and island mangrove ecosystems, and extensive seagrass meadows
  • Touring current coastal development projects and seafood processing plants
  • Attending skills workshops, including stakeholder engagement and science communication
  • Examining anthropogenic impacts to nearshore ecosystems
  • Valuing ecosystems of TCI for coastal planning decisions
 


APPLIED MARINE RESEARCH TECHNIQUES


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session II
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (1 F&M credit)
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

This course enables students to apply the scientific process in a field research project that addresses a local issue related to the management of tropical marine environments in Turks & Caicos Islands. Students learn how to develop a scientific approach to identify risks to the health of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove stands that surround the island. These risks include both local phenomena such as overfishing and increased coastal development, as well as global issues like climate change and ocean acidification.

 

Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy

F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours.  If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).

Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.

Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the College.  If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, homestays, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study.   This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants.  In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses.  Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.



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