The UNB Saint John Marine Semester is an intensive, 12-week immersion programme offered every two years in a marine setting.
It provides students with a "hands-on" study experience of diverse marine organisms, including mammals (whales and seals), algae, fish, and invertebrates.
The semester consists of five courses for a total of 19-20 credits. It is equivalent to a full-semester course load, and students are expected to take all five courses. Three courses run for 2-4 weeks each, and two run throughout the semester.
The semester involves lectures, research seminars, discussions, labs, field trips, and independent research projects. It is designed to promote critical thinking and expose students to innovate research in marine biology.
Where and when
Students will live in residence at HMSC throughout the duration of the semester.
The next Marine Semester will be held from Tuesday 04 September 2018 to Friday 23 November 2018.
The marine semester is intended for motivated University students with the necessary course prerequisites (see below). Priority will be given to UNB Saint John students majoring in Marine Biology, and remaining seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment for the semester will be limited to 18-20 students.
Non-UNB students will have to apply and be accepted as a visiting student. Please see UNB Prospective Students.
How to register
You can register for the semester by emailing Dr. Heather Hunt, who is the Coordinator of the Marine semester.
In your email, please provide the following information: your name, your home/university, and confirmation that you meet the course prerequisite requirements.
You will be asked to provide a $400 deposit by February 1, 2018 (non-refundable after May 31, 2018); and a $1,000 deposit by July 15, 2018 (non-refundable). This deposit will go toward HMSC costs.
The cost of the 2018 Marine Semester will be determined in the fall 2017 (2016 cost was $4,543). This includes accommodations (room + food for 12 weeks), campus fees (to use Huntsman premises and labs), cost of all field trips (including 20 hours on the HMSC vessel), as well as all applicable taxes. It does not include UNB tuition fees.
- STAT 1793 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I (or equivalent)
Concepts of population and sample, data collection, descriptive statistics and exploratory data analysis, frequency distributions, basic probability concepts, random variables, discrete and continuous probability models and their applications, central limit theorem and its applications and an introduction to statistical interference.
- BIOL 2585 Introductory Ecology (or equivalent)
Introduces concepts of ecology common to terrestrial, fresh water, and marine ecosystems. Provides a basis for further ecological or environmental studies. Introduces man's influence on ecosystems.
- BIOL 2615 Introductory Zoology (or equivalent)
Classification, functional morphology, development and evolution of the major animal groups.
*All three with a grade of "C" or better
- BIOL 3903 Diversity and Habitats of Marine Organisms (5 Credits)
- BIOL 3913 Adaptations of Marine Organisms (5 Credits)
- BIOL 3933 Directed Studies in Marine Sciences (5 Credits)
- BIOL 3943 Current Topics in Marine Sciences (2 Credits)
- BIOL 3953 Functional Ecology of Coastal Fishes (3 Credits)
If you have any further questions about the marine semester, please contact Dr. Heather Hunt.