Continuing Education

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Take a Course and Expand Your Opportunities!

Are you interested in strengthening your skillsets or learning more about a “new to you” topic?  In addition to our Graduate Certificates, the School for Marine Science and Ocean Engineering offers several courses that can be taken individually or as a stepping stone to help you decide whether to enroll in further study.

We offer a wide variety of classes from each of our programs every term, several of which are designed with practitioners and working professionals in mind. Check out a sampling of our courses here:

Sample Courses

(GRAD 834): This three-credit course introduces the emerging field of citizen science, including community science, exploring theories and applications in natural, physical, and social science fields. Students will develop competencies related to project design and implementation. The course will focus on best practices for effective projects and teams and include topics such as volunteer engagement, methods for data sharing, and issues of social justice in citizen science.

Offered spring semester annually.

(MARI 705/805): Effective management of human activities in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes areas is critical to our future. This three-credit course provides a foundation for students from various backgrounds to understand US marine policy and how it relates to their future careers in research, policy, law, or management. While focused on US marine policy, the course also provides international context, including the UN Law of the Sea and other related conventions on pollution, fisheries, and resource protection.

Offered spring semester annually.

(GRAD 844): Management of natural resources requires the effective involvement of stakeholder and community groups that often have differing perspectives on the path ahead. This three credit course provides a foundation for students from various disciplines to develop a fundamental understanding of the theory and practice of stakeholder and community engagement in natural resource management across a range of ecosystem and governance scales (with a focus on the US Northeast). Students will explore various case studies and track topics of interest throughout the course.

Offered fall semester annually.

(MARI 801): In this one credit seminar, graduate students, faculty and invited presenters will discuss current topics in coastal science, management, and policy, including federal, tribal, state, and municipal policy developments, new scientific findings that might inform management, citizen and community science developments, stakeholder engagement, etc.

Offered fall and spring annually. 

To view these and additional Marine School upcoming courses, visit the UNH Course Search page and click on the term at the top of your window to display courses for the upcoming Fall, January, Spring, and Summer terms. Additionally, all courses are listed in the UNH Course Catalog.

Cost & Registration

Cost: See the UNH Continuing Education Fees page for details.

Permission: Please contact Marine School staff to discuss the course you wish to enroll in and review any requirements or pre-requisites that may exist for the course.

Registration: Once you have permission to enroll in the course, you can contact the UNH Registrar's Office and ask to register for your continuing education course by calling (603) 862-1500 or by email. They will assist you with registering for the course (note that you will need to provide your undergraduate transcripts). For more details about registering as a Continuing Education student, please visit the Continuing Education webpage.

Questions? Please reach out to the Marine School.