Nantucket Field Station

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Nantucket Field Station students

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 marine biology, to painting, to hydrogeology. 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.  To apply, download the application from this link


6/5/16-6/18/16  The Whaling Women of Nantucket 3 credits HIST 374 for more information contact

6/19/16-7/3/16 Marine Mammals, 3 credits BIOL 340 for more information contact

7/10/16-7/24/16 Coastal Ecology 3 credits BIOL 100 for more information contact

7/24/16-8/6/16 Marine and Coastal Ecological Research 3 credits BIOL 306 for more information contact

8/7/16-8/19/16 Spiders of Nantucket 2 credits ENVSTY 321 for more information contact

8/1/16-8/20/16 GIT: Data Collection and Field Methods 4 credits for more information contact (note first 2 weeks on Boston Campus)


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.