NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - Marine biology students at Thomas More College (TMC) will soon hear lectures and conduct research at Newport Aquarium, as part of a new partnership with the aquarium's nonprofit, the WAVE Foundation.
TMC is the only Kentucky college to offer a marine biology degree program.
Classes for the new marine biology program will be taught at Newport Aquarium and the Biology Field Station on the Ohio River. Students will conduct research onsite.
"We are very excited to continue our support for science education in the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky community," said Eric Rose, Vice President and Executive Director of Newport Aquarium. "This new agreement deepens and expands Newport Aquarium's long established relationship with Thomas More College."
Officials attribute a growing interest in the marine biology field among area high school and college students to the presence of Newport Aquarium.
The WAVE Foundation will sponsor an annual lecture series beginning in the fall of 2015 as part of the new partnership with TMC. Speakers will include scientists, educators, journalists or entertainers who will speak on the topic of marine biology and/or marine conservation.
Located inside Newport Aquarium, the WAVE Foundation's mission is to educate the community about aquatic life and the importance of conserving natural resources.
Current TMC biology majors who would like to pursue the field of marine biology can begin the marine biology track starting in the 2014-15 school year.