Faculty & Advisors

Academic Credit

Each SEA Semester program offers 17-18 semester hour credits through Boston University, SEA's primary academic partner. The SEA Summer Sessions offer between 3 and 11 semester hour credits through Boston University or Hawaii Pacific University depending on the program.

Our programs are designed to fit seamlessly into students' undergraduate coursework as either major, minor, or elective credit. Each SEA Semester program's courses are offered as a set curriculum, so all students enrolled in the same program take the same classes regardless of their major.

Program credit is issued either as direct credit from a student's home institution (if affiliated with SEA) or as transfer credit from Boston University. Exactly how SEA Semester credit transfers is ultimately up to each student's home institution. Therefore, it is important that students work with their academic advisor to determine how the credit will best work for them. That being said, SEA Semester enrolls students from a wide variety of colleges and universities each year, and almost all students are able to successfully transfer the full credit.

If you need assistance with the credit transfer process, download the Academic Program Guide to share with your faculty and/or contact your SEA Admission Counselor with questions. We are often able to direct students to faculty or alumni on their home campus for specific guidance.

Below are the course offerings for each SEA Semester program; the course numbers reflect how they are listed in the Boston University course catalogue.


SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration (17 credits)

Shore Component

  • Maritime Studies – 3 credits; CAS NS 222
  • Nautical Science – 3 credits; CAS NS 223
  • Oceanography – 3 credits; CAS NS 221

Sea Component

  • Practical Oceanography I – 4 credits; XAS NS 225
  • Practical Oceanography II – 4 credits; XAS NS 226
 

SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean (17 credits)

Shore Component

  • Maritime History & Culture – 4 credits; CAS NS 322
  • Marine Environmental History – 4 credits; CAS NS 323

Sea Component

  • Nautical Science – 3 credits; CAS NS 223
  • Oceanography – 3 credits; CAS NS 221
  • Practical Oceanographic Research – 3 credits; CAS NS 224
 

SEA Semester: Oceans & Climate (17 credits)

Shore Component

  • Oceans in the Global Carbon Cycle – 4 credits; CAS NS 321
  • Ocean Science and Public Policy – 3 credits; CAS NS 320
  • Nautical Science – 3 credits; CAS NS 223

Sea Component

  • Oceanographic Field Methods – 3 credits; XAS NS 324
  • Directed Oceanographic Research – 4 credits; XAS NS 325
 

SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems (17 credits)

Shore & Sea Components

  • Maritime History and Culture: Island Peoples – 4 credits, CAS NS 322
  • Marine Environmental History: Island Environments – 4 credits, CAS NS 323
  • Maritime Studies: European Perspectives of Polynesia – 3 credits, CAS NS 222
  • Nautical Science: Navigating the Marine Environment – 3 credits, CAS NS 223
  • Oceanography: The Ocean Environment – 3 credits, CAS NS 221
 

SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation (18 credits)

Shore I

  • Advanced Topics in Biological Oceanography – 4 credits; CAS NS 450
  • Ocean Science & Public Policy – 3 credits; CAS NS 320

Shore II and Sea Component

  • Nautical Science – 3 credits; CAS NS 223
  • Directed Oceanographic Research – 4 credits; XAS NS 325
  • Advanced Ocean Policy Research – 4 credits; CAS NS 460
 

SEA Summer Session/SEA Trimester Program (12 credits each)

Shore Component

  • Maritime Studies – 3 credits; CAS NS 222
  • Nautical Science – 3 credits; CAS NS 223
  • Oceanography – 3 credits; CAS NS 221

Sea Component

  • Practical Oceanographic Research – 3 credits; CAS NS 224

Academic Credit

Each SEA Semester program offers 17-18 semester hour credits through Boston University, SEA's primary academic partner. The SEA Summer Sessions offer between 3 and 11 semester hour credits through Boston University or Hawaii Pacific University depending on the program.

Our programs are designed to fit seamlessly into students' undergraduate coursework as either major, minor, or elective credit. Each SEA Semester program's courses are offered as a set curriculum, so all students enrolled in the same program take the same classes regardless of their major.

Program credit is issued either as direct credit from a student's home institution (if affiliated with SEA) or as transfer credit from Boston University. Exactly how SEA Semester credit transfers is ultimately up to each student's home institution. Therefore, it is important that students work with their academic advisor to determine how the credit will best work for them. That being said, SEA Semester enrolls students from a wide variety of colleges and universities each year, and almost all students are able to successfully transfer the full credit.

If you need assistance with the credit transfer process, download the Academic Program Guide to share with your faculty and/or contact your SEA Admission Counselor with questions. We are often able to direct students to faculty or alumni on their home campus for specific guidance.

Below are the course offerings for each SEA Semester program; the course numbers reflect how they are listed in the Boston University course catalogue.

Please choose your electives

In addition to the three core courses offered in SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, you must choose two electives to tailor the program to your needs and interests. Please make your choices below using the course descriptions at the bottom of the page to inform your decision.
Note: This is only a pre-registration form to give us a sense of your interest. A more formal registration process will follow.

Please choose your courses

Three core courses are offered in SEA Summer Programs: Transatlantic Crossing. You must choose the course to tailor the program to your needs and interests. Please make a choice below using the course descriptions at the bottom of the page to inform your decision.
Note: This is only a pre-registration form to give us a sense of your interest. A more formal registration process will follow.