Semester By the Sea

In 2022, we plan to offer in-person residential Semester By the Sea at the Darling Marine Center campus in Walpole.

Note that this plan may change, if public health conditions or staffing limitations make safe delivery of the in-person semester impossible.

Students from throughout the University of Maine System are encouraged to apply, as are all advanced undergraduate or post baccalaureate students with a passion and background in science.

Courses offered in Fall 2022 will include:

  • Scientific Diving (SMS 324)
  • SBS Seminar (SMS 350)-REQUIRED
  • Capstone Research (SMS 400)
  • Biology of Marine Invertebrates (SMS 480)
  • Aquaculture (SMS 491)
  • Field Methods in Oceanography (SMS 491)- REQUIRED
  • Fisheries Ecology (SMS 491)
  • Sensing the Sea (SMS 491)

Check out the full course descriptions here.

Note that all 2022 SBS students are required to enroll in SBS Seminar and Field Methods in Oceanography. UMaine students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to ensure course selections fulfill their degree requirements. Non-UMaine students should contact Dr. William Ellis, Associate Director of SMS, for additional information.

Costs to Consider. There is a $850 course fee attached to SMS 350, which covers course expenses for all the SBS courses in which a student participates. Room and board  are billed separately and in addition to this required course fee. Note that there is an additional course fee of $850 for SMS 324, Scientific Diving, which covers course materials and certifications. Semester by the Sea is a Residential Program estimated Room and Board for 2022 is $6233 ($2994 for a double room, and $3239 for the required meal plan).

Prerequisites & Participation
Semester By the Sea courses are open to students with sophomore-year standing, or equivalent background, with one year of biology and one year of chemistry. Students admitted to the program must create a course wish list in MaineStreet. When registration for the fall semester opens, Jodie Feero will enroll students. Preference will be given to those students graduating in the 2022-23 academic year, if we reach our enrollment capacity of 30 students.

2022 Dates to Remember

  • TBD – SBS 2022 informational meeting. All interested students are encouraged to attend. Contact for details.
  • March 27 – Deadline for completing online application form for Fall 2022 residential courses. SBS 2022 is FULL, check back in early 2023 to apply for SBS 2023
  • First week of April – Notification of acceptance to SBS courses
  • Mid May – Students receive welcome email and required forms from the Darling Marine Center
  • May 31 – Deadline for completion of all DMC forms. Students are expected to complete and submit all materials on time. Failure to do so will remove a student from the roster and a wait listed student will be moved into that seat.

For SBS academic information contact:
Dr. William Ellis  •  •  207.581.4360
Jodie Feero  •  •  207.581.4851

For DMC facility and research opportunity information contact:
Dr. Heather Leslie  • •  207.563.8299
Matt Norwood  • •  207.563.8220