Students are expected to have completed one year of introductory biology and two biology electives (courses in ecology and genetics are recommended) prior to entering the program. Exceptions to this requirement can be made based on other biology courses completed (e.g. molecular biology, marine biology, etc.) and on the overall strength of your application. If you are not certain you have the appropriate background, please contact the Three Seas program office. Undergraduate applicants are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Students are encouraged to apply by January 1 for priority admission.
Northeastern University undergraduates will submit the Northeastern Undergraduate Application allowing access to your Northeastern transcript, listing references and their contact information, and completing a personal essay. Undergraduates from other Universities will submit an External Undergraduate Application and Recommendation Form, personal essay, official college transcript(s), two academic letters of recommendation, and a $50 application fee.
International students must also submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores and a DCF (Declaration and Certification of Finances) form.
All courses are Northeastern University courses. Undergraduate credit is available for all courses offered. Credits earned in the program are transferable to most colleges and universities. Undergraduates earn a total of 42 credits while in the program (22 in Nahant, 11 in Panama, 6 in Friday Harbor) with 18 credits billed for fall semester, 16 credits billed for spring semester, and 3 credits billed for the summer 1 semester. Students pursuing optional research project credits will be billed for additional credits according to their independent study.
Tuition and fees for the entire 2014-15 program comes to $63,099. An itemized accounting of all costs, including additional costs not paid as tuition and fees can be found on our 2014-15 Undergraduate Costsheet. Rates for the 2015-16 program year are subject to change.
Students wishing to earn graduate credit for participation in the Three Seas program must apply to the Master of Science in Marine Biology program which is offered in conjunction with the Three Seas program. For more information on the graduate application process, visit the Master of Science in Marine Biology website.
Medical Insurance and Diving
Students must supply a medical examination and evidence of medical insurance coverage for the program year. All students planning on SCUBA diving with the program must have diving certification and Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) insurance. Students provide all of their own dive gear except tanks. All classes using SCUBA for fieldwork also have projects for snorkelers. Students wanting to become SCUBA certified should do so by the summer and have ten open water dives before beginning this program.