SEA Semester

Every SEA Semester begins with a shore component on SEA's campus in Woods Hole, MA and is followed by an open ocean research voyage.  SEA Semester offers a number of programs/voyages in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Fields of study:

oceanography, maritime history and culture, environmental studies, public policy, and nautical research


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


Calendar varies for each SEA program/voyage


Ocean Exploration
Oceanography (3 credits)
Maritime Studies (3 credits)
Nautical Science (3 credits)
Practical Oceanography I (4 credits)
Practical Oceanography II (4 credits)

Colonialization to Conservation in the Caribbean (CCC)
Maritime History and Culture (4 credits)
Marine Environmental History (4 credits)
Nautical Science (3 credits)
Oceanography (3 credits)
Practical Oceanographic Research (3 credits)

Oceans and Climate
Oceans in the Global Carbon Cycle (4 credits)
Ocean Science and Public Policy (3 credits)
Nautical Science: Seamanship for Oceanographers (3 credits)
Oceanographic Field Methods (3 credits)
Directed Oceanographic Research (4 credits)

Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems (SPICE)
Maritime History and Culture: Island Peoples (4 credits)
Marine Environmental History: Island Environments (4 credits)
Nautical Science: Navigating the Marine Environment (3 credits)
Oceanography: The Ocean Environment (3 credits)
Maritime Studies: European Perspectives of Polynesia (3 credits)

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Advanced Topics in Biological Oceanography: Biodiversity (4 credits)
Ocean Science and Public Policy (3 credits)
Directed Oceanographic Research (4 credits)
Advanced Ocean Policy Research (4 credits)
Nautical Science (3 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SEA Semester credit = 1 Whitman credit


Woods Hole: in a house shared with other SEA Semester students
On Ship: In a small berth


Woods Hole: Students work together to shop for and prepare meals
On Board Ship: all meals are provided. Students take turns helping prepare meals in the ship's galley.




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Program Link:

SEA Semester