In what ways will I benefit from this program?
of the academic credit toward your Bachelor's Degree, you will have the
opportunity to function successfully as part of a team, to challenge yourself
to achieve your potential intellectually and physically, to meet distinguished
scientists and authors, and to experience a rigorous and exciting semester that
just might change your view on life!
combining the Coastal Studies Semester with an additional three-week Coastal
Studies Field Experience course, you can fulfill all the requirements of a
minor in Coastal Studies.
There are many programs out there that will take me to coastal
environments, why should I enroll in this one?
Coastal Studies Semester is unique in many ways! An important component of this
program is that it does not stay in one locale as other programs may. As a
participant in this program, you will see and study many coastal habitats. You
will live and study at several nationally-known coastal research facilities and
meet a variety of people who work on environmental issues along our coast. You
will be introduced to the most up-to-date methods and technology in use at
these facilities. Although the Coastal Studies Semester focuses on
environmental science as other programs do, its approach is different in that
it is broad-based with an interdisciplinary emphasis. The curriculum mixes the study of culture
and society with science and technology for a truly multidisciplinary approach
Do I have to be a student at Hood College to enroll?
the Coastal Studies Semester is primarily an offering for Hood students it is
open to college students enrolled at any academic institution. How to apply — Students from other Campuses.
Is the program designed for students in a certain major?
The Coastal Semester is designed for undergraduate students of at least
sophomore status; a declared major in the natural sciences is not necessary. In
fact, having students from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of
interests will only broaden the perspectives and experiences we will encounter
on our travel semester!
How can I receive a Coastal Studies minor?
Coastal Studies minor encompasses a set of four required courses and two
electives. The required courses and one elective will be offered in a
completely block-scheduled manner during the Fall Coastal Studies
Semester. The additional electives will be offered during January and
summer session that require extensive travel to a coastal location to study the
environmental issues of that locale. Click here for additional course
How many credits do I receive?
successful completion of all the courses in the Coastal Studies Semester, you
will receive academic credit equivalent of from 16 to 17 semester hours of
credit from Hood College.
If you are enrolled at a college other than
Hood, will the credits transfer back to my home institution?
most cases, the credits will transfer back to your home institution. It is
ultimately up to your home institution to accept these credits. You should
check with your college's registrar to find out the procedures for transferring
credits. The Coastal Studies Semester staff will be happy to assist in this
process by supplying course syllabi or any other information required by your
What are the prerequisites?
a minimum, all participants need to have satisfied a freshman-level writing
requirement and have taken at least one college-level, lab-science course. If
you are not sure if you have the appropriate background, please contact the
Coastal Studies Semester Coordinator to discuss this matter.
Can you tell me more about the courses?
will be enrolled in four interrelated courses and a research practicum. Click here
for descriptions and a list of Fall 2011 courses.
What is the research practicum?
semester-long research project will tie together issues that you and your
fellow students will delve into at various sites along the East Coast. You will
not only perform the research, but will also analyze the results and then
present the findings at a symposium at Hood College in the fall or perhaps a
scientific conference if one is in the region.
How many students can enroll in the Coastal Studies Semester?
12 and 14 students will be accepted into this program each fall.
How will we take care of meals, laundry, cleaning, and other chores?
on the Hood Campus you will be residing in the dormitory and eating at the
dining hall as you would during a normal semester. If you subscribe to a
college meal plan your fee will be adjusted for the days you are not on campus
while traveling with the Coastal Studies Program. During the travel portion of
the program (approximately 30 days) you will be involved in a communal living
situation which requires teamwork and advance planning. Tasks will be assigned
to groups of students on a rotating basis. We will then work together to
complete these essential jobs.
Will I be able to participate in campus
activities during the semester?
the non-travel portion of the semester you should be able to participate in
variety of campus clubs and organizations as well as take part in social
events. If you are planning on joining an athletic team, it is advised
that you examine the Coastal Studies Semester Calendar for specific travel
dates and consult with your coach before making a commitment.
Can family and friends visit me during the program?
and friends are welcome to visit while the program is on the Hood Campus.
Unfortunately, this will not be possible during the travel component of the
program. Our group will often be working in the field, making day trips, or in
class, so we will not have much time for visiting. Unlike a typical college
semester, we will have no regularly scheduled free time, and will frequently
have weekend and evening activities. Also, accommodations are often limited at
field stations. It is suggested that you review the Coastal Studies
Semester Calendar for specific travel dates.
Are there required textbooks for the program?
Hood students will receive course syllabi containing a list of textbooks
available at the Hood College Bookstore. Students from other campuses
will receive a list of books and how to purchase them in the program acceptance
How are students graded?
will receive a grade for each of the four courses as well as for the research practicum.
A variety of written assignments, hands-on projects, discussions, exams, and
other participatory activities will form the basis of each evaluation.
Are there any health precautions that I
program offers no undo health risks. However, we will be living in tight
quarters for several days at a time. We strongly suggest you have current
inoculations including a flu shot.
Can I bring my own vehicle?
the Coastal Studies Semester has vans for group travel.
How much luggage can I bring?
of space limitations, we advise that students pack as lightly as possible,
bringing only essential items with them. Packing in soft-sided luggage (duffel
bags) is required.
How do I get an application?
students will have to fill out a registration card and have it signed by their adviser. Then see the Coastal Studies Program Director for his signature before
hand-carrying it to the registrar's office to register in person.
You cannot register for the program electronically. There is no
Coastal Studies Program application form for Hood students. Your
registration card is sufficient.
from other campuses can download an application from the Coastal Studies
website or request that these items be sent to you by contacting the Coastal
Studies Semester office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 301-696-3652301-696-3652.
Questions pertaining to Coastal Studies Field Experiences
Are swimming skills mandatory?
We will spend much of our time on, in, or near the
water. To be able to fully participate in all activities, you will need to be
able to swim.
Will we snorkel or SCUBA dive on this trip?
We will do some snorkeling as a group (previous
snorkeling experience is not necessary) as part of the South Florida and
Tropical Marine Ecology Field Experiences. We will not do any SCUBA
diving, but you are welcome to make your own arrangements for this activity
during your free time.
Will we be on boats?
We will be on a variety of watercraft, from small sea
kayaks to large research vessels at various times during the field experience.
Is air travel required as part of this
Yes, air transportation is a necessity for the
Coastal Studies Field Experiences to South Florida and the Bahamas.
Will I need a passport?
If you are from the United States you do not need a
passport for the South Florida Field Experience. Foreign students should
have a Visa and proof of citizenship. If however, you elect to take the
Tropical Marine Ecology Field Experience to Sal Salvador, Bahamas, a passport