Three Seas Program
Students who wish to move beyond the confines of the traditional classroom can spend an exciting year of field and laboratory studies at three very different locations in the United States and French Polynesia.
The Three Seas Program is ideal for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students eager to broaden their knowledge of marine science. Our program has a strong research focus that is taught by high-caliber faculty who pursue vibrant research programs at Northeastern and other institutions such as SCRIPPS, the University of South Carolina, and Cal State University - Northridge.
This program is unique; no other college program offers the opportunity to learn in three diverse locations, explore the field in such depth, and enroll in a variety of marine biology courses.
Alumni of the Three Seas Program, which is now in its 26th year, continue to be admitted to the best graduate programs, and are now leaders in their field.
The Three Seas Program provides students the opportunity to spend a year studying marine biology in three different marine environments: New England (Nahant, MA), Moorea (French Polynesia) and the Pacific Coast (Friday Harbor Laboratory, University of Washington). This outstanding opportunity allows students to immerse themselves in the environments that they are studying.
Each year a maximum of twenty students study together for an academic year, beginning with the fall semester in Nahant Massachusetts, at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center. A variety of pristine intertidal and subtidal communities are well-suited to help provide a strong foundation in marine biology and ecology.
The 10-week winter session is spent on Moorea, at the UC Berkeley's GUMP Marine Lab. Here students will find themselves literally immersed in tropical marine biology.
The Three Seas Program concludes with a 10-week spring session at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories in Puget Sound. Rocky intertidal habitats and, subtidal kelp forests provide the varied seascape that spring classes explore.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Three Seas Program
The Marine Science Center
(781) 581- 7370 x311
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