If you need to take college courses in the summer, what better place to do it than the New Jersey shore?

Rutgers University for the first time will offer 17 Jersey Shore-based courses, beginning this summmer, the university announced Monday. The decision followed a university poll of more than 4,500 students; 1,200 or nearly 27 percent said they'd be interested in earning credit for seaside learning.

Called "RU at the shore," the new courses would be among 2,200 courses offered through Rutgers-New Brunswick's Summer Session.

The courses, most of which will offer a combination of face-to-face and online instruction, will be offered in Atlantic City, Avalon, Cape May and Point Pleasant Beach, said Elizabeth Beasley, director of Rutgers-New Brunswick Summer Session. They will meet once a week June 22 through July 17. One course, "Drawing on Nature," will be offered the week of June 22 on the beach in Avalon, she said.

Other courses include: "The American City," "Popular Culture: The Jersey Shore" and "The American Detective in Film and Fiction" (Department of American Studies), "Development of Mass Media" (Journalism and Media Studies), "Introduction to Management" (Management and Global Business), "Introduction to Oceanography" (Marine and Coastal Sciences), "Women and Public Policy" (Political Science) and "Digital Photo Image I" (Visual Arts).

In developing the program, Rutgers officials relied on survey findings that showed 60 percent of students prefer a "hybrid" course that combines face-to-face and online instruction and that their favorite course choices were in the biological sciences, psychology, accounting, environmental science, math, marketing, marine sciences and English.