Nantucket Field Station students

Higher Education

Summer study

Each summer, UMass Boston offers several courses from May until August. These courses often feature field work that allows participants to use the island’s natural resources to investigate classroom topics.

In most cases, housing at the field station or at Gouin Village is included in course fees; students provide their own meals and transportation to and from Nantucket. Cost varies yearly. If you are taking the course and do not need housing, a discount in fees may be available.

Courses offered explore many fields of study -- from history, to marine biology, to spider ecology. These programs, as well as all of UMass Boston's summer programs, are administered through UMass Boston's College of Advancing and Professional Studies, which oversees corporate, continuing, and distance education.


6/3/18-6/16/18 HIST 374 The Whaling Women of Nantucket 3 credits  (meets US diversity AND Humanities distributions) Click here to read more and to download application.

6/ 17/18-6/30/18 BIOL 340/540 Marine Mammal Biology, 3 credits Click here to read more or to download application.

7/15/18-7/28/18 BIOL 306/506 Marine and Coastal Ecological Research 3 credits Click here to read more and to download application.

7/29/18- 8/11/18 ENVSTY 321 Spiders of Nantucket 2 credits  Click here to read more and to download application.

8/12/18-8/25/18 BIOL 100 Coastal Ecology 3 credits(meets Natural Science distribution) Click here to read more and to download application.


Nantucket Semester

The Nantucket Semester is a once in a lifetime experience open to undergraduate students from across the United States. Similar to a study abroad experience, the semester immerses you in the culture, history, and traditions of Nantucket. The Nantucket Semester provides immersive research experiences to all participants designed to engage undergraduate students in the practice of environmental science and studies. As a learning community, students from all majors participate in courses that leverage the rich cultural, human, and natural resources of Nantucket with each integrating across all disciplines of the environment. Read more here.

Nantucket Field Station

180 Polpis Road
Nantucket, MA 02554 USA