Register now for online Summer Session classes

  • Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Cornell University Summer Session will be held entirely online.
  • All regular Summer Session online courses will proceed as scheduled. More will be added to the roster throughout the spring.
  • On-campus courses through August 16 are cancelled. We are working to convert a number of these on-campus courses into online offerings. Please check the online course roster frequently for updates.

Gain firsthand experience exploring marine science in Maine

Taking courses at Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Maine, gives you the opportunity to study marine science with the ocean as your classroom.

Located about six miles off the Maine and New Hampshire coastline, 99-acre Appledore Island is remote yet accessible via a one-hour boat ride from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Appledore and other Isles of Shoals are home to migratory birds, a diverse marine invertebrate community, and hundreds of harbor and gray seals.

Shoals offers courses between May and August. During one-week, two-week, and two-and-a-half-week sessions, you'll gain hands-on field and laboratory experience and study with world-class faculty.

You can study intertidal and subtidal ecology, seabird and marine mammal ecology, marine conservation, underwater research, ornithology, sustainable fisheries, forensic science, animal behavior, and more.

In addition, to courses for undergraduates and graduate students, Shoals also offers:

See the Shoals website for details.