Immerse yourself in the study of marine science with a program of coursework and research that creates an ideal experiential learning environment. In addition to traditional class lectures and laboratory sessions, easily accessible and diverse tropical marine habitats allow for frequent and informative field trips. BIOS is a residential community of faculty scientists, technicians, interns and students, and participation in the Fall Semester will expose you to what it's like living and working at an active research station.
Marine Invertebrate Zoology (5 credits)
Tropical reefs are the marine equivalant of rain forests in terms of species diversity. This course focuses on the biology, systematics and evolution of invertebrates, emphasizing those of reef and other nearshore habitats in Bermuda. This is an intense upper-level undergraduate course. More...
Coral Reef Ecology (5 credits)
Lectures and field/lab exercises review marine ecological and physiological processes and the relationships of organisms comprising coral reef ecosystems. Field techniques and lab analyses are taught and used repetitively so that comparative data can be collected to investigate the ecology of each reef habitat. More...
Research Diving Methods (3 credits)
Given the importance of SCUBA as a research tool by marine scientists, students possessing underwater research qualifications may find they have an advantage as they move forward in their careers. This course aims to familiarize students with the fundamentals of scientific diving, both theoretical and practical. By the end of the semester, students will be qualified Science Divers, as defined by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. The Research Diving Methods course, which leads to advanced certification, is optional. However, this course is highly recommended and can be taken in conjunction with the other courses. More...
Marine Biology & Oceanographic Research (6 credits)
At the beginning of the semester, students select a research topic based on their interests and conduct appropriate literature reviews. During the last four weeks of the semester, students will focus solely on conducting their research projects, with results written up and presented at the end of the course. More...
Fall Semester Dates
The 2017 Fall Semester Program will begin on August 28 and end on December 1; students are expected to arrive the day before the start of the program (August 27) and depart the day after the program ends (December 2).
University of Rhode Island students should contact URI’s Office of International Education & National Student Exchange for the March application deadline and for more information.
Roger Williams University students have an application deadline of March 1, 2017 and can contact Kevin Hayden (Director of Study Abroad Programs; email@example.com ) or Dr. Paul Webb (Biology Department; firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Students from all other universities must apply directly to BIOS before July 1, 2017 and can contact email@example.com for more information.
Fall Semester Details
The semester is split into two sections, with the first 10 weeks dedicated to in-depth coursework and the last four weeks committed to research projects of the students' choosing. All students must take the two 5-credit courses followed by the 6-credit research course. While at BIOS, students also have the opportunity to take the Research Diving course, which leads to advanced certification. This course is optional, but highly recommended, and can be taken in conjunction with the other courses. Transfer credit for all of the BIOS courses, including the research course, has been prearranged with participating schools to ensure that students receive credit toward their major and/or graduation.
For those students enrolled at URI or RWU, please refer to your institution's relevant webpage or refer to the Application Instructions for contacts at your university.
For those students enrolled at all other universities, minimum requirements for the Fall Semester program include a GPA of 2.7 or higher (or equivalent standing), a life or environmental science major, and junior or senior (third or fourth year undergraduate) standing.
Students enrolled at universities other than URI and RWU are admitted on a space-available basis. Please refer to the Application Instructions for details on how to complete your application, as well as for contacts at partner instutions. Download the Fall Semester Application; please fill it out online, save it, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All students must download the Student Diver Information Packet. and complete all necessary forms and waivers prior to arrival in Bermuda. Please note that dive medical forms can take time to complete. For more information contact the BIOS Dive Safety Officer, Alex Hunter.
- Please read about Fall Semester Fees.
- Foreign nationals traveling to Bermuda do not require an entry visa. However, proof of residency or a valid Multi Re-Entry Visa for the USA, UK, or Canada may be required for non-US/UK/Canadian citizens, depending upon your country of origin. Please review Immigration Information to check the Bermuda Department of Immigration requests.
- BIOS does not provide medical insurance. All students are required to purchase an overseas medical insurance policy and ensure they have adequate medical coverage.
Some Advantages to a Fall Semester Study Abroad at BIOS:
- You can SCUBA dive and receive academic credit for it!
- You will spend 4 weeks focusing only on research, which is excellent preparation for future research internships and/or graduate school.
- Students in past semesters have returned to BIOS on research internships to continue projects started during this program.
- You can interact with our NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) interns. They are one step ahead of you on the educational ladder and may offer valuable insights and advice as they are beginning to think about applying to graduate school.
- You may find future educational opportunities as a BIOS intern, or work experience as a Teaching Assistant for a BIOS course.
- Former Fall Semester students have gone on to publish their project results, in conjunction with BIOS faculty, in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
- You'll be spending 14 weeks in Bermuda studying a unique assemblage of marine environments that are easily accessible and ready for exploration!