Workshops and Courses


Shoals Marine Laboratory.  The Shoals Marine Laboratory offers summer marine courses and research opportunities.


Friday Harbor Laboratories Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), part of the University of Washington, offers coursework for undergraduates, post-baccalaureates and graduate students.  Spring and autumn sessions run a full academic quarter (10-11 weeks) with courses and research apprenticeships targeted to undergraduates and post-baccalaureates.  In summer FHL offers six graduate-level courses plus one undergraduate-level course. Summer courses run 5 weeks in one of two summer sessions.


Oregon Institute of Marine Biology: OIMB offers a variety of courses during the spring, summer and fall terms. In the summer there are  eight week term, several two week and weekend workshops available. Courses are open to qualified students from all institutions as well as those interested in continuing education. Courses meet for at least seven hours a day and are designed for upper-division biology majors, environmental studies/science majors, and graduate students in these disciplines.


Bamfield Marine Station: Bamfield Marine Station offers field courses in coastal and marine sciences. These University credit courses are open to senior undergraduates, graduates and other qualified persons. BMSC courses are directly credited towards member university degree programs (UVic, UBC, SFU, UAlberta, UCalgary).

- In the Summer, each six-week immersion course carries credit equivalent to a two-semester university course, while three-week courses carry credit equivalent to one one-semester university course.

Students may take as many courses as they like, but only one course at a time. Courses are an intense immersion experience, running from Monday to Saturday, 10 hours on average per day.

- In the Fall, the fifteen week Fall Program consists of five courses which, taken together, equal a full semester of courses. See table below for equivalent number of units.


Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Field courses are part of STRI´s scientific training program and are mostly intended for graduate students. STRI also provides logistical and content support for tropical field programs in Panama run by North American universities such as the University of Pennsylvania, McGill University, Princeton University, School of International Training, University of California–Davis, Florida International University and Michigan State University.