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Atlantic Field Courses

Students registered at institutions in Atlantic Canada may be eligible to take courses at other Atlantic institutions under the auspices of their home institution. To confirm your eligibility, please discuss with your Department head or Dean and/or contact the individuals listed below

Acadia University

For more information please contact: Deanne van Rooyen

GEOL 2083 Field Methods
Held each spring for twelve days, focusing on field work and processing of field data to familiarize students with techniques of geological mapping. Involves electronic and manual measurement of field data including use of GPS instruments and laptop computers and subsequent preparation of maps, sedimentary sections, and cross-sections in paper and digital form. Prerequisite: GEOL 2043 with a minimum grade of C- or permission of the Department.

GEOL 4083 Field School
Held for about 12 days preceding fall term and continuing into the term. Advanced field methods of geological mapping with preparation of a map and report. Prerequisite: GEOL 2083, GEOL 3603, both with a minimum grade of C-.

ENVS 2523 Field Course: Environmental Science
Field techniques in environmental science, data analysis, and communication skills. Interdisciplinary approaches to field work and environmental analysis are incorporated into all exercises and discussions. Specific skills include geological mapping, field sampling, quality assurance/quality control, water quality measurement, and development of final report. (10-day course at the end of winter term). Prerequisite: Minimum second year standing in Environmental Science.

Dalhousie University

Courses offered by the Department of Earth Sciences

ERTH 2270 (Introduction to Applied Geophysics) – Geophysics Field School
For more information please contact: Miao Zhang 

ERTH 3001 – Earth Sciences Field School 
A 10-day field school run in late August-early September. This is compulsory for honours students. Based at Camp Geddie on the Northumberland Strait, Earth Sciences Field School introduces students to field mapping and related skills.
For more information please contact: Isabelle Coutand

ERTH 4003 & 4004 – Advanced Field Geology
Together ERTH 4003 & 4004 are a six credit-hour field geology course held in the winter semester and in Nevada and California for 4 weeks in May each year. Students live and work together in a camp setting while developing their mapping skills and apply them to a variety of real-world geological problems.
For more information please contact: Mike Young

ERTH 4156 – Petroleum Geoscience Field Methods
ERTH 4156 (Petroleum Geoscience Field Methods) includes a series of preparatory classes followed by a week-long excursion to Trinidad during study break. In addition, many classes include one or more field trips to a variety of locations in Nova Scotia.
For more information please contact: Grant Wach

Courses offered by the Department of Environmental Science

ENVS 2000 – Urban Field School
Urban Field School offers an introduction to urban environmental science by examining the role of humans in ecosystems and how humans change ecosystem processes and functions within urban areas. Students gain hands-on experience in environmental science techniques during excursions in different urban settings with the Halifax Regional Municipality.
For more information please contact: Tarah Wright

ENVS 3001 – Environmental Science Field School
Environmental Science Field School is an intensive 3 credit-hour course involving daytrips and a multi-night overnight trips to the Harrison Lewis Field Station or camping in Kejimukujik National Park.
For more information please contact: Sue Gass

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station

Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station is equipped with teaching and research laboratories, library/resource centre, multimedia theatre, aquarium, residence accommodations, and small boats. The station offers students a premiere learning environment. A number of undergraduate courses are offered, some of which are listed below.

Biology 3709 – Marine Principles and Techniques 

Biology 3714 – Estuarine Fish Ecology

Biology 4912 – Biology of Marine Mammals

Biology 4710/Ocean Science 4500 – Experimental Marine Ecology

Biology 4914 – Marine Animal Acoustics

Harlow Campus

Memorial’s Harlow Campus is used by both professional schools and academic departments to offer individual courses and complete programs. The campus is also utilized by faculty members and graduate students conducting research or further study in the UK. Memorial’s Department of Biology offers two (2) undergraduate courses at Harlow during the Spring semester:

Biology 4910 – Vertebrate Diversity and Adaptation

Biology 4911 – Applied Biology

Please click here for a complete list of all field course offerings for the Spring 2023 semester.

Huntsman Marine Science Centre

The Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, NB, offers many activities, including the following undergraduate field courses:

University of Guelph, Marine Biology and Oceanography  

McGill University, Marine Mammals 

University of New Brunswick, Marine Semester

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Courses offered by the Biology Department

For more information please contact: Dr. Mike Duffy 

Marine Block and Research Experience Semester
This special semester is intended for undergraduate students in their 3rd or 4th year of a Biology program. The semester will introduce students to many facets of Marine Biology through a rich blend of lecture, laboratory and field instruction. The course will operate from the UNBF campus with trips to many ecologically diverse sites throughout the Bay of Fundy including visits to the Huntsman Marine Science Centre.

Courses offered by the Department of Earth Sciences

For more information, see the UNB Geological and Environmental Geoscience Field Schools website or contact Dr. Karl Butler  

ESCI 1703: First Year Geological Field School (1 week)
Introduction to field observations, traversing, sampling and mapping at sites accessed by day trips from Fredericton. Typically held during the last week of April or first week of May immediately following exams in the spring. Accommodation expenses (Fredericton) paid by the student.

ESCI 2703: Geological Field School: Bay of Fundy (2 weeks)
Principles of stratigraphy and geological mapping, typically involving studies of igneous and sedimentary rock exposures along the Bay of Fundy coastline, from bases at St. Andrew’s, NB and Joggins, NS. Provides two weeks supervised training in field work and preparation of stratigraphic sections, geological maps, and cross sections. At least the cost of accommodation expenses is paid by the student.

ESCI 3703: Advanced Geological Field School (2 weeks)
Principles of structural geology and geological mapping. Provides two weeks supervised training in field work and preparation of an independent structural map and report of a selected area. Typically held in late August/early September in a region including the Bay de Chaleur coast, northern New Brunswick. At least the costs of accommodation expenses are paid by the student. To be taken as part of the final year.

ESCI 3713: Geoenvironmental Field School (2 weeks)
Applications of hydrogeological, hydrogeochemical, and hydrogeophysical methods to an environmental site investigation at a closed coal mine in central New Brunswick. Typically held in late April/early May. Includes one week of field work followed by one week for the analysis of data and preparation of a comprehensive written report summarizing the field investigation, synthesizing results, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations. A cost will be associated with this course.

University of New Brunswick, Saint John

For more information please contact: Heather Major

Marine Semester Program (Fall)
The UNB Saint John Marine Semester is an intensive, 12-week, five-course immersion program. Three courses run for 2-4 weeks each, and two run throughout the semester. The program provides a hands-on study experience of diverse marine organisms, including mammals (whales and seals), algae, fish, and invertebrates. Students will live in residence at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre for the semester.