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The Chesapeake Bay Governor's School for Marine and Environmental Science (CBGS) provides a community of learners the opportunity to explore connections among the environment, mathematics, science, and technology. In addition, CBGS develops leaders who possess the research and technical skills, global perspective, and vision needed to address the challenges of a rapidly changing society.

Learning Environment

Students at CBGS must complete a core curriculum that includes advanced mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, marine and environmental science, and statistics. The study of the Chesapeake Bay serves as a unifying thread that cuts across traditional academic divisions and creates a truly cross-disciplinary program. Students learn that all science is actually one science through the coordinated efforts of faculty members who train students to trace important environmental concepts from course to course. Students use their knowledge base to develop two-year independent research projects as part of the second marine and environmental science course. These projects are presented to an audience of both peers and scientists at the CBGS annual science symposium held at Virginia Commonwealth University. Research papers are often published online in an annual Research Bulletin.