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Semester at CMAST

In Spring, 2022, a special class of undergraduates will be bound for the coast to participate in an intensive hands-on semester in marine science. Fifteen NC State undergraduate students will spend their 2022 spring semester as resident students at CMAST, NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology.


The Semester at CMAST program allows students to get their feet wet and hands sandy alongside top professional researchers and graduate students, offering them unprecedented exposure to all facets of marine science. Semester at CMAST is the first-of-its-kind NC State commitment for a semester-long, academic coastal and marine program for undergraduate students.

Participating students will take a full, academic semester at CMAST, earning 16 Credits towards their NC State degree.

Students will be able to choose from the following courses:

Courses to choose from:

  • MEA 200, Oceanography (3 Cr), online via Delta
  • MEA 350, Marine Conservation Biology (3 Cr)
  • MEA 252, Biology of Marine Mammals (3 Cr)
  • AEC495-004 Marine Fisheries (3 Cr)
  • ES 295-2, Marine Resource Management and Policy (3 Cr)
  • ES 496, Internship (1-3 Cr)
  • MEA 493 or ES 498, Research (1-3 Cr)
  • General Education Courses are available through Carteret Community College

Tuition and the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) costs are the same as for students on the main campus.

Lodging is available for students at the nearby CMAST Coastal Quarters, with rates of approximately $3,085 per person/semester for a shared room.

The CMAST Coastal Quarters is an apartment complex located within walking distance of CMAST, with large bedrooms, living area, full kitchen facilities, and backyard with patio.


Email either Dr. David Eggleston: or Dr. Vicky Thayer:


Submit completed application via e-mail attachment to:

Dr. David Eggleston
Director, CMAST
Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
303 College Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557


Dr. Vicky Thayer
Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator
Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
303 College Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557


NC State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST;, located on Bogue Sound in Morehead City, supports exciting inter-disciplinary research and a rich educational experience in the marine sciences. Programs include: (1) Aquatic Animal Health & Marine Mammal Stranding Network, (2) Marine Ecology & Conservation, (3) Estuarine & Coastal Fisheries, (4) Seafood Technology, (5) Marine Resource Management and Policy, and (6) K-12 STEM Marine Science Education. These programs span 3 Colleges and 6 Departments at NC State, and cross-college cooperation occurs daily. The proximity of the CMAST facility in the “coastal research triangle” of marine science facilities in Carteret County, encourages multi-institutional and cross-disciplinary research.

CMAST, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences, Duke University Marine Lab, and the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory are located within five miles of each other. Other nearby agencies and facilities such as the NC Division of Marine Fisheries in Morehead City, the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort provide additional opportunities for collaborative work and experiential learning. Moreover, CMAST’s coastal setting provides access to an incredibly diverse range of habitats and ecosystems, including small estuarine tidal creeks, large estuaries systems, dynamic barrier islands, coastal shelf and hard-bottom habitats, and the Gulf Stream.