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    Pre-College at Eckerd: Marine Science on Florida’s Gulf Coast

    Pre-College at Eckerd: Marine Science on Florida’s Gulf Coast


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Marine Biology, STEM, Animals/Nature
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 16, 17
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Modeled after our undergraduate curriculum, students will work with our internationally-recognized faculty on our prime waterfront location on the Gulf of Mexico.Our hands-on curriculum in the field, on the water and in the lab has activities designed to explore marine biology, marine geology, marine chemistry, and more. 

    Students enrolled in the program may:
    • Embark on a marine science research vessel to capture, identify and release sharks, rays and fish
    • Net near shore marine fish and invertebrates, including shrimp, crabs and zooplankton
    • Deploy hydrophones to hear underwater sounds, including dolphins, fish and snapping shrimp
    • Photograph wild dolphins to better understand dolphin ecology and behavior in Florida’s coastal waters
    • Observe foraging shorebirds and take sediment cores to find their prey on local beaches
    • Encounter alligators, tortoises, snakes and birds of prey at a nature preserve
    • Conduct a plankton tow and examine organisms under a microscopeInvestigate the interactions of corals, anemones and their symbionts using microscopy and microbiology

    Students must be able to pass the swim test, three full laps for a total of 150 yards, without touching the bottom of the pool, using any style and with no time limit.