Oceanography, CAS NS 221 (3 credits)
This course provides students with the scientific foundation needed to investigate the planet's oceans. It introduces them to the scientific study of the ocean and serves as the foundation for the courses in practical oceanography taken during the sea component. As they learn about modern ocean studies and technological advances in instrumentation, students develop proposals for independent research projects to be carried out at sea.
Maritime Studies, CAS NS 222 (3 credits)
The relationship between humans and the sea is the focus of this course. Maritime Studies examines maritime commerce and technology, and discusses cultural expressions of the maritime experience in works of literature and art. This course also looks at the role of ships as agents of contact and change, and at marine conservation issues that shape today's ocean policy debates.
Nautical Science, CAS NS 223 (3 credits)
Nautical Science teaches the practical skills and theoretical background necessary to safely operate a tall ship on the high seas. Students learn and apply essential concepts in general physics, astronomy, and meteorology. During the sea component, students apply these concepts while acting as active and increasingly responsible members of the ship's crew, working toward the ultimate role of Junior Watch Officer.
Practical Oceanography I, XAS NS 225 (4 credits)
Students learn how to safely deploy and recover modern oceanographic sampling instruments, conduct shipboard laboratory research, analyze oceanographic data, and operate a fully equipped laboratory at sea.
Practical Oceanography II, XAS NS 226 (4 credits)
Students collect, analyze, and present data for projects of their own design. Each student completes an original research project in oceanography under the guidance of the Chief Scientist on board the vessel.