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Marine semester

Based at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre (HMSC) in picturesque St. Andrews, the marine semester is an intensive, 13-week immersion semester offered on a biennial basis, in a marine setting and providing students with a hands-on study experience of diverse marine organisms, including mammals (whales and seals), seabirds, algae, fish and invertebrates.

Course of study

The semester consists of five courses worth a total of 20 credit hours. It is equivalent to a full-semester course load, and students are expected to take all five courses.

Three courses run for two to four consecutive weeks each. Two courses 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 innovative research in marine biology.

Learn more about our marine biology program.