Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Jul 19, 2019  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sea Education Association

In Biological Sciences .

Course Offerings  

Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. SEA Semester programs are multi-disciplinary learning communities that address the critical environmental issues of our time: climate change, sustainability, biodiversity, human impacts on the environment, and environmental justice. SEA offers seven SEA Semester programs: The Global Ocean, Ocean Exploration, Oceans & Climate, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, and Caribbean Reef Expedition. SEA also offers an eight-week summer program, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, and  a four-week summer program, Pacific Reef Expedition. All SEA programs incorporate an interconnected suite of courses designed to explore a specific ocean-related theme using a cross-disciplinary approach. By combining initial academic coursework in a residential environment in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, with a hands-on voyage aboard a sailing research vessel at sea, SEA allows students to put their newfound knowledge and skills immediately into practice. SEA accepts students from all majors, and no prior sailing experience is necessary.

Students should discuss any off-campus study plans with their faculty advisor.  For more information on SEA Semester, meet with the relevant advisor in the Office of Global Learning or visit To apply, select the specific program on the  website for Cornell approval in tandem with the online application through

Instructors for SEA Semester include faculty of the Sea Education Association and visiting faculty from a number of colleges and universities.