The program is based at the
Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC), situated on
Santa Catalina Island, 26 miles from Los Angeles,
CA. This location provides access to beautiful,
pristine marine habitats, diverse marine life and
breathtaking island views.
WMSC is owned and operated by the
University of Southern California (USC), and the
program is being offered through the California
State University campus at Long Beach (CSULB),
affiliated with the Ocean Studies Institute (OSI)
and the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI).
Students will spend 15 weeks on
Santa Catalina Island and will be based in the
newly-renovated dormitory and laboratory
Residency at this marine
laboratory provides ready access to an
invigorating educational environment that provides
both state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and
ready access to a diversity of marine habitats.
Throughout the semester, students
are introduced to a sequence of courses such as
marine invertebrate ecology, phycology,
ichthyology, and marine biological processes,
which prepare them to complete a directed research
study in a topic of their choice.
All courses provide a strong
element of hands-on field experience, which
provides the comprehensive training that can help
in career choices and graduate decisions.
research diving certification course is planned
for the two-week period before the semester
begins, at an additional cost for qualified
students who wish to dive on SCUBA during the
semester. However, only snorkeling skills are
required for class participation.