FREDERICK, Md. - College students interested in learning about and traveling to coastal environments from the Florida Keys to the Chesapeake Bay watershed in the Maryland, Virginia and Delaware area may enroll in a program offered by Hood College.
The 10-week, 16-credit Coastal Studies Semester begins in January and is open to undergraduates at Hood College and students at other colleges and universities who want to study coastal environments.
After an introduction in class at Hood, students will travel to Seahorse Key in the Gulf of Mexico, a marine laboratory established by the University of Florida for the purpose of studying coastal biotic resources on and around the island.
The students then will travel to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Fla., to visit mangroves, mud flats, beaches, islands and marine communities to study genetic engineering of marine organisms, medicines from marine organisms, food production via aquaculture and land use on barrier islands.