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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Barcelona, Spain; Cadiz, Spain; Christchurch, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Mallorca, Spain; Multiple, Multiple; Tenerife, Spain; Wellington, New Zealand; Woods Hole, United States
  • Program Terms: Autumn Semester, Winter Quarter
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  • Program Sponsor: SEA Semester 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Autumn Semester 2018 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/24/2018 12/20/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Information:
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Who Should Apply?

This semester welcomes students from all majors. Elective credit allows students to choose a program track that best meets their academic needs.
 

Program Description

Human actions have caused measurable changes in the global ocean. The rate at which resources are being extracted and pollutants are being added is having an impact on human health, on economic systems at the global level, and on cultural practices at the local level—and threatens to further degrade them. Many coastal communities are already struggling to cope with sea level rise, depleted fisheries, loss of habitat, and increased catastrophic storm effects.

To understand how such changes occur we need to look not only at how natural systems work, but also at the histories, cultures, and policies of people who live on coasts and islands in different regions. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing from the humanities, sciences, social sciences and arts; among other tools, we will use the ten metrics of the Ocean Health Index. Active involvement with diverse communities in various ports of call and a real-world view of ocean issues from the deck of the ship give a unique perspective on one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century.

Fall 2015: Barcelona - Canary Islands, http://www.sea.edu/voyages/global_ocean_fall2015_europe
Fall 2015: New Zealand, http://www.sea.edu/voyages/global_ocean_fall2015_newzealand
Winter/Spring 2016: New Zealand, http://www.sea.edu/voyages/global_ocean_spring2016
 

Academic Coursework & Credit

SEA Semester: The Global Ocean carries 17-18 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.
 

Required Core Courses

Leadership in a Dynamic Environment (300-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Be an effective leader while leveraging the individual strengths of a team. Use leadership theory and case studies to understand how decisions affect outcomes. Participate as an active member of a ship’s crew, progressively assuming full leadership roles.


Maritime History & Culture (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Explore impacts of European maritime ventures on the societies they contacted in the Atlantic or Pacific, with focus on the resulting social, political, economic, and cultural changes. Investigate responses documented in the post-Colonial literature of indigenous people.

The Ocean & Global Change (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Ocean ecosystem change in the anthropocene: warming, acidification, fisheries depletion, and pollution. Review principles of circulation, seawater chemistry, nutrient dynamics, and biological production to understand causes and consequences of change. Conduct field measurements for contribution to time-series datasets.
 

Electives - Choose Two


Cultural Landscapes & Seascapes: A Sense of Place (300-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Field-intensive analysis and documentation of dynamic relationships between nature and culture in specific coastal, island, and ocean places. Apply cultural landscape and related interdisciplinary bio-cultural approaches to place-based environmental studies.

Data Communication & Visualization (300-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Information visualization strategies and associated software, emphasizing communication to diverse audiences. Select between geospatial (GIS) and qualitative data foci. Develop graphics and/or multimedia products supporting research projects in concurrent courses. Compile iterative digital portfolio.

Toward a Sustainable Ocean: Conservation & Management (300-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Comparative and issue-driven introduction to managing human uses and conserving coastal and ocean places and resources.  Explore concepts of technology, governance, sector and ecosystem management, and marine protected areas through expert content lectures, topical seminars, and field trips.

Your Choice of Research Courses:

Directed Oceanographic Research (300-level, 4 credits)

Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Three lab science courses (one at the 300-level or higher) or consent of instructor.
Design and conduct original oceanographic research. Collect data and analyze samples. Compile results in peer-reviewed manuscript format and share during oral or poster presentation session. Emphasis on development of research skills and written/oral communication abilities.

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Practical Oceanographic Research (200-level, 4 credits)

Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester.
Introduction to oceanographic research. Design a collaborative, hypothesis-driven project following the scientific process. Collect original data. Conduct analysis and interpretation, then prepare a written report and oral presentation.


Financial Aid

UW students on semester programs automatically receive $2,500 off the program price. In addition, every year, SEA Semester awards more than $1 million in need-based aid and scholarships to students of diverse academic, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Explore more at the SEA Semester website.