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Occidental College

Occidental Summer Programs

Oceanology at Occidental College
“I have been meaning to write you for some time and tell you what an absolutely fantastic time I had out at Oxy this summer.  Not only did I learn a lot about oceanology, but I learned a lot about myself and what I was capable of.  The college dilemma does not seem so awesome as it did before going to Occidental.” This comment came from a student who attended our special course in oceanology a few years ago.  This summer, the class will be offered for the 27th consecutive year to about 24 students who have completed their junior year of high school as well as a few who have already begun college.  The course carries full college credit for 4 semester units and there are exams, practicums and projects.  Mondays through Thursdays there are 2 hour lectures in the mornings and 3 hour labs in the afternoon.  The lectures cover chemical and physical oceanography, the classification and natural history of plankton, algae, invertebrates, fish and marine mammals, marine ecology and the effects of pollution.  In the labs students will sort, identify and observe the organisms they have collected.  Some dissections and physiological experiments will be conducted, and two labs involve the isolation of DNA and its use in analyzing fish stocks.  At least 1 full day/week (usually Friday) will be spent aboard our 85' research vessel, collecting organisms and learning how to investigate selected habitats between the mainland and Catalina Island.  In addition there will be trips to tide pools and local aquaria.  And, since this is summer, we all need to have some fun!  Students will live in a college dorm under the supervision of Oxy students who will do all the driving and organize a variety of activities of interest to the group.  These may include trips to Disneyland or Magic Mountain, museums, the beach, etc.  Guest scientists will discuss career options and their particular interests with the students, and the Oxy Admissions Staff will also give a seminar on how to select a college, prepare your personal statement for your college application, and discuss financial aid.  The program provides a strong introduction to marine biology, a taste of college life and a fun summer in the Los Angeles area.

Program Cost: $5500 (high estimate)

Phone: 323 259-2890

Deadline: 06/03/05

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