The SEA Summer Session is the perfect summer program for any student interested in taking a firsthand look at the oceans. The Summer Session attracts students from all majors who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of our world's oceans: b
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- Study Abroad
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- Program Description:
- An abbreviated version of our interdisciplinary SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration program, the SEA Summer Session offers students a comprehensive understanding of the world’s oceans through interdisciplinary coursework on shore and at sea. This 8-week course combines 4 weeks of academic study in Woods Hole with 4 weeks of sailing in the Pacific. 12 credits are offered through Boston University.
The SEA Summer Session is the perfect summer program for any student interested in taking a firsthand look at the oceans. The Summer Session attracts students from all majors who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of our world's oceans: both science majors who are looking for field research opportunities, and non-science majors who are hoping to fulfill science requirements in a hands-on way! While there is an emphasis on oceanography, the curriculum is designed for students representing a wide diversity of backgrounds and interests. Because the program combines multiple academic disciplines, it draws students from majors as varied as history, environmental science, biology, journalism, and studio art.
SEA Semester provides an experiential opportunity to gather firsthand knowledge that will influence your lifelong relationship with the ocean. As our society becomes more aware of how integral the oceans are to the planet, from climate patterns to energy production to the origins of life itself, we must also understand how to conserve these important resources. Moving beyond the textbook toward practical application, hands-on research, and personal experience, SEA Semester prepares students to take a more active role in solving today’s environmental problems. Isn’t it worth one semester to study three-quarters of the world?
- Setting Description:
- ON SHORE IN WOODS HOLE: During the 4-week shore component, intensive academic coursework prepares students for their research cruise. With full access to SEA faculty and the world-renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Marine Biological Laboratory Library, students design original research projects to be completed at sea. Maritime Studies provides a wider historical and social perspective on the impact of humans on the world's oceans, and on the experience of going to sea. Nautical Science introduces practical seamanship skills and the theoretical background necessary to safely operate a tall ship on the open ocean. AT SEA IN THE PACIFIC: As full, working members of the scientific team and sailing crew on one of SEA's state-of-the-art research vessels, students manage shipboard operations, navigate by the stars, analyze oceanographic samples, and visit foreign ports off the beaten path. Most importantly, students learn to challenge themselves and develop new leadership, teamwor
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