Shoals Semester

Photo of a Shoals Semester student.

The Shoals Semester Program offers a full semester’s credits to students with the added benefit of only having to take one course at a time. Combine 4 SML courses in one summer, and earn enough credits to replace a regular academic semester, with no overlapping assignments, labs, or exams! The Shoals Semester Program has ‘built in’ breaks to ensure a rest between courses. Room and board is provided during scheduled SML semester breaks, if desired. Students are free to leave the island during breaks or stay and engage in fun volunteer activities and group outings.

What are the benefits you'll receive as a Shoals Semester student?
  • Full immersion in your courses with maximum experiential, hands-on education style.
  • Close-knit learning environment in an island community filled with fellow students and experienced marine biologists.
  • Small classes that enable a close relationship with faculty (4:1 student to faculty ratio). Establish some great references for your future job or graduate school applications!
  • Opt to enroll in the Shoals Research Apprenticeship – gain real independent research experience and build your resume!
  • Special room and board discounts offered for students taking more than one class.

Financial Support

Financial support is available through SML merit scholarships, SML need-based scholarships, and SML student staff positions. Learn more.

Logo for Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Click on this logo to read Cornell's press release about special Shoals Semester funding.
*NEW for Cornell CALS undergraduates:

You can apply your Cornell CALS financial aid package to the Shoals Semester in place of a regular fall or spring semester on campus! This option could help you graduate early or take advantage of an internship or job opportunity available during the academic year. Read the official announcement from CALS. Questions? Email shoals.lab@unh.edu.


How to Apply

To enroll in a Shoals Semster, you should email shoals.lab@unh.edu or contact an SML Academic Coordinator:

Our Academic Coordinators will walk you through the process of choosing your Shoals Semester courses and creating a summer plan, like the examples below.


Example Shoals Semesters

Design your own custom Shoals Semester to match your indidivual interests or course of study. Here are some examples of potential combinations:

Example 1. Classic biology theory with a vertebrate emphasis

SML Course 1

SML Course 2

break June 26-30

SML Course 3

SML Course 4

Ecology and the Marine Environment

Marine Mammal Biology

Evolution and Marine Diversity

Anatomy and Function of Marine Vertebrates

May 29 –June 12

June 12 –June 26

June 30 –July 17

July 17 –July 31

3 cr. CU, 4 cr. UNH

3 cr. CU, 4 cr. UNH

4 cr. CU and UNH

3 cr. CU, 4 cr. UNH

TOTAL = 13 CU/16 UNH credits in 2 months (9 weeks, May 29 – July 31, 2016)

 
Example 2. The best of SML marine science

SML Course 1

SML Course 2

break

July 10-17

SML Course 3

SML Course 4

Sustainable Fisheries

Field Animal Behavior

Field Introductory Oceanography Lab

Underwater Research

June 12 –June 26

June 26 –July 10

July 17 –July 31

July 31 –August 14

3 cr. CU, 4 cr. UNH

3 cr. CU, 4 cr. UNH

3 cr. CU, 4 cr. UNH

3 cr. CU, 4 cr. UNH

TOTAL = 12 CU/16 UNH credits in 2 months (9 weeks, June 12 – August 14, 2016)

 
Example 3. Calling Cornellians, complete 3 required biology courses in 1 summer

SML Course 1

SML Course 2

break June 26-30

SML Course 3

SML Course 4

Ecology and the Marine Environment

Elective course of your chosing

Evolution and Marine Diversity

Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory

May 29 –June 12

June 12 –June 26

June 30 –July 17

July 17 –July 31

3 cr. CU, 4 cr. UNH

3 cr. CU, 4 cr. UNH

4 cr. CU and UNH

3 cr. CU, 4 cr. UNH

TOTAL = 13 CU/16 UNH credits in 2 months (9 weeks, May 29 – July 31, 2016)

 

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Questions? Email shoals.lab@unh.edu.