Semester in Environmental Studies
- Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States
- Language of Instruction: English
- Minimum GPA: 3.4
- Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors.
The village of Woods Hole offers restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, a waterfront park, a post office, a bakery, clothing and gift shops, and Woods Hole Library and Historical Museum. There are major scientiIic institutions based in Woods Hole, besides the Marine Biological Laboratory: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Sea Education Association, and Woods Hole Research Center. Woods Hole is one of eight villages of the town of Falmouth. Population in Falmouth year-round is 34,000; the population more than triples in the summer.
- Fees: Students pay tuition, room, and board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.
Students must have completed prerequisites in basic college chemistry, biology and calculus or statistics.
The courses described about constitute the equivalent of a full course load at Haverford. Each of the Iield and lab exercises undertaken in the core course builds upon one another. The SES program emphasizes learning by doing — students spend over 20 hours each week in the lab and field investigating forests, ponds and estuaries on Cape Cod.
All students take the following courses:
- Analysis of Terrestrial Ecosystems (core) – lectures and lab
- Analysis of Aquatic Ecosystems (core) – lectures and lab
- Elective (either Microbial Methods in Ecology or Mathematical Modeling of Ecosystems) Independent Project Research
- Science Writing Seminar (meets 8-10 times for 1.5 hrs)
Students also attend the Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series which meets about 4-5 times during the semester.
Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.
Orientation: The three day orientation program includes a campus tour, placement tests, group meals, sightseeing trips, neighborhood tour, meeting roommates, a scavenger hunt, barbecue, and academic orientation meeting.
Number of Students: SES has enrolled an average of 21 students over the past 3 years. The maximum number of students the program will accept is 24.
SES students reside in the Brick Apartment, located on the MBL campus in the immediate area of the classroom, laboratories, library, and dining hall. The Brick Apartments are accessed by ID cards by residents only. A short walk brings students into the heart of Woods Hole Village. There are two options for housing. Each apartment consists of two double rooms, a bathroom, living room and kitchen, as well as a screened porch. The alternative is a single room with shared bathroom. Dorm rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, small desk, and chair. Closets provide additional storage space. Coin-operated laundry room is available to students within the Brick Apartments building. Students with bikes may lock them at one of the many outdoor bike racks on the MBL campus, or obtain card-access to an indoor bike storage facility which offers locker rooms and showers.
Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.
Opportunities / Cultural Events
Field Trips: Students participate in a variety of SES hosted trips and events throughout the semester: Nantucket, Plum Island, Provincetown Whale Watch, New England Aquarium, SES Halloween Party, and the Cape Cod Marathon.
This program is designed for students interested in a semester of intensive scientific study. Keep in mind that this is not for everyone.
Limited financial aid is available. See Dean Mancini.