Marine Environmental Science (1620.801)

Course Dates

July 29, 2024 to August 12, 2024


Two year-long high school courses in science, and completion of grades 10, 11 or 12.

Course Description


This course is a university level course, designed for advanced high school students. Marine Environmental Science explores the diversity of coastal marine habitats and ecosystems and the tools scientists use to study them, with an emphasis on topics related to human impacts and environmental health. Virtual fieldwork will include explorations of the rocky intertidal zone, excursions to neighboring islands to observe seal and seabird colonies, and offshore trips to learn oceanographic sampling techniques and observe whale foraging grounds. Dive into marine science this summer and earn Cornell college credit.



Due to a high level of responses, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 program.


Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1620.801 (3 Credits)

Sample Syllabus

Tuition & Fees


Anjali Bhardwaj

Anjali with a fish in hand

Graduate Program Coordinator, Tufts University

As a graduate of Boston University with a Master of Science in Biology, I am extremely interested in how ecological communities fit together and how these communities are preserved as the environments in which they live continue to shift. My research focused on vertebrate growth plasticity, and the open-access paper can be found in my publication section below. Outside of scientific research, I am extremely interested in outreach and environmental education.



Lareen Smith

Assistant Professor, Southern Maine Community College

Lareen wading in water with bucket in hand at sunset

I am an Assistant Professor at Southern Maine Community College in the Marine Science program with a focus on invertebrate biology and ecology, particularly within intertidal community structure. I completed my education in California earning an A.S. in Biology from Chaffey College, a B.S. in Marine Biology from CSU, Long Beach, and an M.S. in Biology from CSU, Northridge. My previous research explored understanding the intricate dynamics of marine ecosystems, emphasizing the roles of invertebrates in maintaining ecological balance. My teaching portfolio spans a wide range, including invertebrate zoology, phycology, introductory oceanography, field methods, major’s biology, and capstone mentoring, reflecting my commitment to holistic marine science education. With a passion for teaching at all levels, I engage students through hands-on experiences, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the marine environment. My goal is to inspire the next generation of marine scientists. In my free time, I enjoy tending to my eight chickens and observing a family of crows in my backyard.