Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Certificate
The Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences (FCC&MS) Certificate enables students to select from a variety of courses in marine sciences, including coastal and marine ecology/geology, resource management and public policy, oceanography, and coastal engineering to create a concentration of study. Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst currently award certificates. Under the guidance of faculty advisers on each campus, students choose a progressive series of courses available within the five campuses and in academic off-campus programs, such as the Sea Education Association, School for Field Studies (with coastal settings), and other approved semester-away programs. Some of these courses must have an intensive field component so that students obtain competence in field studies. Students must also participate in a “capstone” independent, marine-related research project that counts toward the Certificate. This requirement may be met by participating in one of several paid summer internships offered each year at Woods Hole and other research facilities.
1. A minimum of six courses, with at least one course in each of the following categories:
At least three of the courses must be above the introductory level.
Each student must show competency in field studies by either completing a course with a field component or by participating in an intensive Five College field course or approved semester-away program.
Students must receive a B grade or better for all courses contributing to the Certificate requirements.
2. Completion of an independent, marine-related research project through an internship, thesis, independent study or other activity acceptable to the home campus adviser.
3. Completion of the Certificate Application Form and Transcripts.
The application form and current list of approved courses can be downloaded at www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/marine/certificate.