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Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre Courses

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, on the Pacific Ocean. The Centre offers 3 or 6 week-long field courses in the Summer on topics such as ecology, physiology, conservation, organism development and scientific modeling.

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Why a Bamfield course

  • courses are very hands on
  • you will learn practical lab and field techniques
  • field experience is an asset when job hunting
  • field experience is an asset if you want to get into research someday
  • experience a highly biodiverse ecosystem very different from southern Saskatchewan
  • meet world-class professors who specialize in the courses they teach
  • communicate with other members of the scientific community
  • meet other students with interests like you
  • three weeks worth of courses will give you one 3 credit UofR course
  • since the course is only 3 weeks long you can still work most of the summer

Travel to Bamfield

  • If you drive, you need to factor in costs of stopping overnight (it's a 2000 km trip), and the ferry to Vancouver Island.
  • There are flights to Nanaimo, BC. From Nanaimo you take a bus to Port Alberni, and then a boat to Bamfield, or take the Student Van to Bamfield. See getting to Bamfield
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How to apply

Applications are due Mar 1

  1. Apply to Bamfield
  2. Submit $50 application fee
  3. Submit necessary documentation fee to the Bamfield University Programs Coordinator.
  4. Get a Letter of Permission from U of Regina to take a course through U Victoria (available through the Science Academic Hub [Science Student Services])
  5. After completion of the course, you need to submit your transcripts to the U of R Science Academic Hub to receive credit. Courses will appear on your transcript as 300-level Biology courses.

Which courses to take

You can take any of the listed university-level courses, but preference for acceptance will be given to students who take both courses in a block (for example, if you choose to take both Biological Oceanography and Limnology you will be given preference over choosing one or the other alone). Note that most courses are recognized as 300 level Biology courses, but some might require approval by the Biology Dept Head (e.g. Science Filmmaking).

Deadline to apply for courses is March 1st. There is usually no problem getting into a course, and if they do not feel that you are equipped for the class, the Bamfield folks will usually suggest another course.

For more information, contact Dr. Kerri Finlay, or Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.