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

GEOL4303 – Bermuda Field School
This course focuses on the sedimentology, oceanography, and diagenesis of carbonate sediments and rocks of Bermuda. Investigation of Nova Scotia limestones introduces key concepts. Lectures and field exercises focus on carbonate depositional environments and the development of groundwater and hydrocarbon reservoirs in limestone. Assignments use sedimentologic, ecologic, and chemical techniques to understand the deposition of carbonate facies.
Contact: Dr. Peir Pufahl

Cape Breton University

BIOL3501 – Natural History of Cape Breton (summer)
Field trips to interesting natural areas on Cape Breton highlight this course. Field work focuses on the identification of plants, birds and insects. Assignments focus on the interpretation of the field observations and the ability to communicate clearly to other biologists and the public. Course includes lab component. This course is offered in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in conjunction with Parks Canada Ecologists.
Contact: Dr. Ken Oakes

Dalhousie University

The SEASIDE Program provides undergraduates with hands-on training in species identification, sampling, and other practical skills, while studying certain ecosystems or focusing on the biology of algae, plants, insects, sharks, birds, or marine mammals. Twenty Biology courses are offered (many cross-listed with Environmental Science, Marine Studies, Geography, and Oceanography) with activities ranging from daily field trips to multi-night outings.
List of courses
How to register

Memorial University

The Bonne Bay Marine 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 (click here for descriptions and dates).

  • Marine Principles and Techniques
  • Benthic Biology
  • Estuarine Fish Ecology
  • Research Experience in Animal Behaviour
  • Marine Research Field Course
  • Biology of Marine Mammals

Huntsman Marine Science Centre

The Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, NB, offers many activities, including the following undergraduate field courses (course descriptions and details):

  • Marine Vertebrate Zoology
  • Marine Biology & Oceanography
  • Marine Mammals
  • Marine Biology (offered by University of New Brunswick, Fredericton)

St. Francis Xavier University

Biology 307 – Field Biology
This course is an intense 13-day program including at least three field trips each week. Participants will collect, measure and count organisms using a variety of methods. Assignments will be based on these outings and will form some of the method by which participants will be graded. Accommodations and meals are the responsibility of the participant.
Contact: Randy Lauff

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Marine Biology (offered at Huntsman Marine Science Centre)
Contact: Charlene Mayes or Mike Casey

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.
Contact: Dr. Gary Saunders

University of New Brunswick, Saint John

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.
Contact: Dr. Heather Hunt

University of Prince Edward Island

Field Course in Ecological Forestry
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of ecological forestry management. By combining theory-based lectures and an experiential learning approach at the MacPhail Woods Ecological Forestry site, students will gain a deep understanding of the forest and forest restoration efforts.
Contact: Dr. Carolyn Peach Brown