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Scientist In The Sea

The Marine Biology Department at Texas A&M University Galveston Campus provides students with the unique opportunity to receive specialized training leading to professional certification as Scientific Divers, qualified for dives to 100 ft. depth through the auspices of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

Course Descriptions

This two part course series consists of 100+ hours of lecture in topics including dive physics and physiology, technical diving, advanced dive planning, and use of diving as a tool for scientific research. A minimum of 28 open water scuba dives are required, most during a two week trip to Florida that includes a visit to the US Navy’s Dive School and Experimental Diving Unit at Panama City, FL, three days of boat dives on shipwrecks and artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, and six days of diving in north Florida’s crystal clear freshwater springs. In addition to designation as an AAUS Scientific Diver, students also receive Master Diver and Cavern Diver certifications.



Course Requirements

Prerequisites include Advanced Scuba and Nitrox; current certification in First Aid, CPR, AED, and Oxygen Administration; pass swimming and scuba skills checkout; and have medical clearance for diving. Graduates of this program have gone to employment as Science Divers with NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Artificial Reef Project, and NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, in addition to graduate and professional positions in academia.

Contact Us

Dr. Thomas Iliffe

Dr. Thomas Iliffe
Professor of Marine Biology
Iliffet@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 740-4454
Bld# 3029, Office 251

Jacque Cresswell

Jacque Cresswell
PhD Candidate
jacque.cresswell@gmail.com

David Brankovits

David Brankovits
PhD Candidate
brankovd@tamug.edu