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Field Study

Field study is essential to environmental training, and many of our courses use field sites throughout New England to add a dimension of learning that lectures and labs cannot provide. The department also organizes longer field excursions each year, to the Grand Canyon, Pacific Northwest, Bahamas, Newfoundland, Florida Keys, and Iceland. Students who participate in these large-scale trips enroll in a 4-credit course that meets over a semester, and the field trip is the closing stage of learning in the course.

Study Abroad (including Sea Semester) and the Biology Department’s Three Seas program (which involves 2 semesters’ study in Massachusetts, Southern California, and Tahiti) provide additional opportunities to study the environment in other parts of the world.