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An Intercampus Graduate School Of Marine Sciences And Technology

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.173.1 - 6.173.7



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Jr., Eugene Niemi

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Session 2478

An Intercampus Graduate School of Marine Sciences and Technology

Eugene E. Niemi, Jr. University of Massachusetts Lowell

I. Introduction

Four of the colleges that make up the University of Massachusetts system are working together to establish an Intercampus Graduate School of Marine Sciences and Technology (IGS). The Lowell campus, often considered the technology campus of the UMass system, will provide much of the groundwork for the marine engineering portion of the program. The overall purpose of the IGS program is to offer a course of study in marine sciences integrating the natural and social sciences in a manner not offered by established academic institutions in the New England region, or for that matter, in much of the country. The availability of courses, laboratories, and supervising faculty from four campuses provides students with a greater range of choices than is currently available at a single campus. The organization of the school and the courses to be offered are described. Each of the campuses of the UMass system (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell) brings individual strengths to the program. The core courses in the program are described together with the areas of specialization available at each campus. A description of how fluid mechanics and ocean engineering courses offered at the Lowell campus will be integrated into the new program are described. The curriculum is currently in the developmental phase and will be in place for the first class of students enrolling in the Fall of 2001. The program fills a need for an offering of this type by a university in the public sector.

II. Goals

The IGS will offer education at the MS and PhD level to prepare students to work in areas of marine sciences and technology in industry, government, and academic settings. During the first five years of its operation, the IGS will strive to become a nationally and internationally recognized educational center of excellence contributing to scientific understanding, management, and the economic growth and sustainability of our oceans, continental shelf, coastal zone, and the communities of Massachusetts that border the ocean. It will do this through the creation of a graduate program that builds on the strengths of four of the campuses of the UMass system (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell).

III. Graduate School Curriculum “Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education”

Niemi, J. E. (2001, June), An Intercampus Graduate School Of Marine Sciences And Technology Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9450

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