Marine and Environmental Sciences
Marine and Environmental Sciences (MES) majors have the opportunity to participate in cadet research projects where they work in small groups with faculty in areas of the professor’s expertise. Independent research allows MES students to explore a topic of particular interest in greater depth, while gaining the project-management and problem-solving skills that are key to the scientific method.
Independent research is carried out through two elective courses – a one-credit projects course that prepares students for the three-credit research course. In the projects course, students conduct a thorough literature search, identify the appropriate methodology and then write a research proposal for their three-credit, semester-long research course. Students are able to present their research at Cadet Research Day as well as at regional and national conferences.
Cadet Research Opportunities
MES majors are able to extend their learning beyond the classroom through a wide range of research opportunities. Recent research studies have included: