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SMSC Academic Programs


Another Option to Study Science in the Field

A heron on a pier near the Potomac Science Center

Mason's Potomac Science Center, along Belmont Bay near the mouth of the Occoquan River, 鈥媐ocuses on environmental science research along the Chesapeake Bay watershed.听

Talk About A Classroom With a View ...

Lectures are an important part of learning, but you want more. Experiential learning, research, and field work partner with classroom studies to give you real-world experience while earning听academic or continuing education听credit at the (SMSC).

Classes are limited to a maximum of 20 students, so you'll be part of a tight-knit team, working with听conservationists, researchers, and educators conducting lab and field听research. You'll feel as if you're听a working scientist听鈥 鈥媌ecause you will be.

And听you'll live in the mountains alongside听. They don't call it the great outdoors for nothing.

Smithsonian Mason students walk through the mountains on the grounds of the Smithsonian Biology Conservation Institute
Even if you aren't a Mason Patriot, you can still study at SMSC. Once you're admitted to the program, apply to Mason as a non-degree student (the application fee will be waived). Soon, you, too, could be walking through the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute grounds.

Undergraduates

First-year students can apply to the , which offers:

  • 鈥婣 merit scholarship to attend the program.
  • A tour of SMSC and SCBI.
  • Priority registration to a听one-week summer field course.
  • Access to seminars by internationally known researchers and scientists.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors听have a choice of three semester-long programs:

  • (16 credits)听explores听how听science, management and policy听affect听conservation.
  • 听(16 credits)听uses听cutting-edge field techniques to survey species in the wild,听and to spot and record听local, national, and global听ecological patterns.
  • 听(16 credits)听finds听and measure how听shrinking听populations听are vulnerable, and听develops听strategies to halt their path to听extinction.

SMSC听offers 听to students who meet certain qualifications.


Post-Graduate听 and Professional Studies

study with researchers and practitioners working in the field around the world. 听SMSC鈥檚 advanced and highly specialized courses are offered as intensive one or two-week sessions. They鈥檙e crafted and scheduled based on:

  • New and existing threats to biodiversity.
  • New and existing conservation opportunities.
  • Workforce and employer needs and requirements.
  • Requests from students.

Students' coursework can be applied to Mason鈥檚 in the Conservation Science and Policy MS or to programs at a student鈥檚 home university. Professionals will earn听continuing education units (CEUs).

In-depth study of a specialized area of biodiversity could include such topics as:

  • Animal surveys.
  • Genetics.
  • Climate modeling.
  • Species monitoring.