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Field Studies in Marine Biology (OCB 3108L)

Credits: 3

When offered: Modified Summer Session A (May 8-June 14, 2019)


Prerequisites: BSC 1010/1011C & CHM 2045/2046


Total class size: 16 (includes students from UNF and 4 other Florida State University System institutions: FAU, FGCU, USF, and UWF)


Additional fees: $1,500 (does not include tuition). A limited number of partial scholarships are available (see below)


Contact for additional information: Dr. Kelly Smith (


The Field Studies in Marine Science course is a 5.5-week, field intensive course designed to expand student knowledge of the biodiversity, geochemistry and human impact of Florida's coastal and offshore ecosystems through a round-robin trip around Florida to explore marine ecosystems. This course takes students from Florida Key Reefs to the open Gulf of Mexico aboard a research vessel as well as the shallow tropical estuaries of the western Everglades and north to the temperate Estuarine and beach dunes of North Florida. Students stay at universities and research stations.


After an online 2.5 day introduction, students will spend five weeks on tropical reefs in the Florida Keys, bays and mangrove forests of Southwest Florida, sea grass meadows in Tampa Bay, collecting oceanographic data aboard an FIO research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico, along the seashores and sounds of the Florida Panhandle, examining the salt water- Freshwater boundary of the St Johns River and exploring dunes, oyster reefs and salt marshes in Northeast Florida.


The additional fees cover the cost of meals (5 days/week) and housing at all sites from Sunday-Friday nights. Transportation between institutions, and meals on weekends are not covered. Housing on all Saturdays can be arranged for an additional cost of $200.


A limited number of $500.00 meal/housing scholarships are available for enrolled students.


Interested students must:

  • Complete a typed, Statement of Interest as to how this course will benefit your studies, future career decisions, and your plan once you graduate. Include: complete name, email, home campus, home address, phone number, grade level, unofficial transcript, and biology courses taken to date. Statement of Interests will be accepted beginning 02/01/2019 to Dr. Smith (59/1314). Email attachment or hard copies are accepted. Schedule an interview with Dr. Smith by March 1.
  • Enroll for OCB 3108, Marine Field Studies, during spring registration. Permits will be submitted by Dr. Smith.
  • Students will be contacted via email within 1 week of interview to confirm status of enrollment. Deposits of $500.00 will be accepted at any time. Deposit deadline: 3/9/19 to lock in your spot.