How do our students gain experience outside of the classroom?

Faculty Labs

Emphasis is placed on field work, with experiences enhanced by a five-acre salt marsh system for coastal studies, as well as numerous other environments for study. Students can apply the concepts they learn in class in the field during faculty lab sessions.


Students can gather a wealth of knowledge from books, lectures, and field and lab work, but nothing completes and complements that knowledge like learning on the job in the real world. The University of New Haven considers internships to be a highly desirable component of the education process, so we encourage our students to seek them out, even though an internship is not a requirement. Some internships have included:

  • Alaska Sea Life Center
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • National Marine Fisheries Service - Milford Laboratories
  • Yale-Peabody Museum of Natural History

SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships)

The SURF program provides opportunities for students to conduct in-depth, hands-on research, with guidance from their faculty mentors. SURF students conduct their research over the summer, participate in weekly seminars, submit a final paper, and present their findings at a campus research symposium.

Where do our students study?

Study Abroad and Study Away

Given that over 70% of the Earth is covered by ocean waters, the Marine Affairs program at the University of New Haven is designed so that students who want to explore marine waters in other parts of the world can take advantage of numerous study abroad and study away opportunities. These allow you to broaden your field expertise and become familiar with other cultures and/or other environments. Students have studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand as well as in Europe. For more information, contact our Study Abroad Office.

San Salvador

You may also opt to take a course taught by University of New Haven faculty at the Gerace Tropical Research Station on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. Whether you study away or remain on campus, the marine world, its organisms, and the problems facing it are awaiting you at the University of New Haven. So, jump in — the water’s fine.

Field Sites & Labs

Students can also study in field sites within LIS as well as laboratories both on and off-campus.

Meet Our Partners

Banca Marsh, Branford, CT

Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center

Mystic Aquarium

NOAA-NMFS Milford Laboratories

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Schooner Inc.

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