Field Courses

Wheaton Courses

  • An exploration of the biology of tropical rain forests and coral reefs. Course will be taught in Costa Rica and Belize. Previous 200-level courses in biology and permission of the instructors (Shumway & McCafferty) required.
  • Geological fieldwork research and a chance to engage textbook concepts in person. Course will be taught during spring break in Death Valley National Park, which is located in California and Nevada.  Requires PHYS 160 or permission of the Instructor (G. Collins).

Wheaton Affiliated Programs

Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport – Students learn about the sea by taking courses in Marine Ecology or Oceanography, Maritime History, Literature of the Sea, and Maritime Policy. Classroom lectures in Mystic, CT are supplemented by field studies on the coast of California and Oregon, and while sailing at sea for two weeks. All credits transfer to Wheaton and financial aid is available through Wheaton. Semester long program. One or two Wheaton students usually enroll each semester.

Semester in Environmental Science at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole – Students study terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems ecology and microbial ecology with scientists from the MBL’s world renowned Ecosystems Center. Students receive Wheaton college credit and financial aid is available through Wheaton. Semester long program.

Organization for Tropical Studies

    • Tropical Biology in Costa Rica
    • African Ecology and Conservation in South Africa

Other Programs to which Wheaton Students May Apply

(This is an abridged list)

School for Field Studies – Semester or summer programs in biology and environmental studies in Australia, British Columbia, West Indies, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Mexico.

Shoals Marine Laboratory in the Gulf of Maine

University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories – Semester and summer courses in marine biology.

For an overview of biological field stations, see the Organization of Biological Field Stations.