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Marine science program short of a degree?

Discussion in 'Marine Science and Physiology' started by Dogbowl, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Loggerhead Turtle

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    I'm interested in learning about marine science, marine biology, oceanography, etc. I was wondering if anyone knows of any structured programs available online or via distance learning? I am not interested in actually becoming a marine biologist so don't want to complete a full-blown undergraduate degree in marine biology. But I'm interested in something more detailed and more structured than just me going to Amazon, buying books and reading them. Any thoughts?

    BTW, I have no science background beyond high school, if that makes any difference. And I work for a living (unfortunately) so hence, the need for online/distance learning as opposed to in-class.
     
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  2. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

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    I am seriously considering becoming a marine scientist as well. Any real info on marine science would be greatly appreciated like areas of specialties, fieldwork, diving?, pay scale!
     
  3. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong Marine Scientist

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  4. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Loggerhead Turtle

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  5. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace

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  6. TC

    TC Miscreant Moderator Staff Member

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    I Tunes U also has a bunch of free marine science courses.
     
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  7. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong Marine Scientist

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    That is the joy of it- anyone in any country with a computer, internet and who understands English, can learn. There may be options for other languages, i have not looked into it. But there are translation websites for the truly unstoppable.
     
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  8. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    A not so free but personally rewarding option is to start a marine aquarium. Get on sites like reefcentral and reef2reef. Tons and tons of information, research and product development. A bonus is you can have a full blown reef tank filled with coral critters that have never seen the ocean. The aquaculturing breakthroughs have all but eliminated the need to take anything from the ocean.

    Anyway, that's how I learned all I know.
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  9. WinfieldNC

    WinfieldNC Nassau Grouper

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    There are several different concentrations in marine science at NCSU. Here is a link: Marine Science | Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences | NC State University. I realize this is a long way from Ireland but it does give some info on the different things you can do with a degree in marine science. You can also see what courses are required for the different degrees.
     
  10. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Little Cayman offers a number of educational programs (live programs not online) including volunteers, internships, workshops, etc., see the link below.

    They have a nice facility on LC and they offer tours on Friday afternoons.

    https://reefresearch.org/
     
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