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Marine and Coastal Science
We are immersing students in marine and coastal science

What is MACS?

Marine and Coastal Science (MACS) is an interdisciplinary degree program that brings together expertise from the WWU Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology, and the Shannon Point Marine Center. MACs provides unique hands-on, immersive opportunities for students interested in our oceans and preserving them for future generations. MACS students get their feet - and hands - wet through boat-based research activities, field excursions, laboratory study of marine organisms, and capstone research.

Investing in MACS students

We are raising funds with the goal of reducing costs so all students, no matter their socioeconomic status, can follow their dream of becoming a marine scientist. Your donation to the Marine and Coastal Science Fund will allow us to apply fund where they are most critically needed. Your donation could fund, for example:

     $10: Air stones for an ocean acidification experiment

     $25: A pair of rubber boots for field work 

     $50: Four nutrient analyses for students studying water quality in the Salish Sea

     $100: A half-day boat trip for a MACS class

     $250: A course fee subsidy for a first-year student's residential stay at the Shannon Point Marine Center

100% of all donations directly support MACS students.

An anonymous donor has agreed to match all MACS Give Day donations up to the first $5,000, so your donation today has double value for our students. Thank you for your generous support of promising students who will become tomorrow's marine science leaders.

Early Bird Challenge!
Thank you! Your generosity has unlocked an additional $5,000 match before most people even got up for the day!
The Number One Vikings Match!
Thank you, Vikings! You who made the first $1,000 in gifts earned an ADDITIONAL $1,000 through a generous match!
$1,000 MATCHED
New Grad Match Opportunity!
Thank you new Vikings! You've raised an additional $3,000 in support for current WWU students and programs!
3,000th Donor Challenge!
Thank you, Viking supporters! More than 3,000 of you have made gifts for Give Day, which is the most participation we've ever had in a Give Day!
Night Owl Challenge
Thank you! Your gifts helped raise an additional $2,000 for Kaiser Borsari Hall!
2,000th Donor Challenge!
Thank you! The 2,000th donor has unlocked an additional $750 for men's rowing!
Last Call!
Thank you! You've unlocked an additional $5,000 as a matching gift!
50-state Challenge!
Thank you, Vikings near and far, for helping unlock an additional $5,000 of support for WWU students!
College of Science and Engineering Donor Challenge!
The department, project or program in CSE that received the highest number of unique donors will receive an extra $1,000! Final results available after we process all Give Day gifts. Inflating donor count using fake donor names may disqualify a project, department, or program.
Rank Prize CSE Donor Challenge! Donors
1 $1,000 Computer Science 54
2 Chemistry Department 36
3 Geology 33
4 Biology 21
5 Marine and Coastal Science 15
Lunchtime Crunchtime
Thanks, Vikings! You've unlocked an additional $5,000 in support for students on your lunch break.
Rank Prize Lunchtime Crunchtime Challenge! Donors
1 $2,500 Cross Country & Track and Field 95
2 $2,500 Men's Rowing 36
3 Women's Ultimate 13
4 Computer Science 9
5 Marketing Program 9
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