The Bucknell in the Virgin Islands Program will not be operating during the Summer of 2018

Required Course: Tropical Marine Biology (BIOL 245)

The Bucknell in the Virgin Islands program provides both science and non-science majors with a unique opportunity to fulfill a lab science requirement while exploring the biodiversity of reef ecosystems.

Course Information

A field course concerned with the biology of coral reef organisms and the reef ecosystem in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. BIOL 245 is open for lab science credit to non-science students with permission of the instructor. Majors may also take this course to fulfill one of the 32 credits required for graduation.

The course is organized around lectures/ discussions and daily field trips to the coral reefs that surround the Virgin Islands. The course culminates in a descriptive project agreed upon between the student and instructor. Each student is required to keep a detailed journal of his/her field experiences. This journal serves in part as the basis for the grade in the course. Students will be expected to complete assignments for the course during the week after June 8. This year the course will be taught at Cinnamon Bay, St. John, USVI, and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Students are expected to be able to swim. Snorkeling will be taught the first day of the course. Facilities are available for SCUBA diving.

Application Process

Students are required to write a short statement (no longer than one page) describing why they want to take this course and what they hope to get out of it. Students will be selected for enrollment based upon the written statement and other information available to the instructors.


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