Florida Institute of Oceanography



FIO Multi-University Courses


Watch our video about the first multi-university marine science course.

The Florida Institute of Oceanography Study Abroad in Florida “Field Studies in Marine Biology” sponsors a college credit (BSC 4930) summer class.  This is a field intensive course that covers each corner of the state.   Faculty at five universities serve as hosts as students travel to locations around the state to experience varied Marine and Coastal habitats.  After a few days of general orientation at the home institution, students will travel to the far ends of Florida returning the final week to the starting university.  The course carries 4 credits.  There is a special lab fee, which also covers rooms during the course as well as meals during the work week.  Class size is limited and an interview is required of all applicants.

Students will spend a week at the University of West Florida in Pensacola examining Landscape Impacts on Coastal Waters, followed by a week at the University of South Florida-St Pete working on marine collection techniques, low energy shorelines and aboard an ocean-going research vessel. See the students on the R/V Weatherbird (YouTube).  Students then move to the Florida Gulf Coast University Vester Marine Laboratory in Ft Myers where they study coastal geology, oyster reefs, coastal currents and seagrass meadows.  Florida Atlantic University will host a week at the Keys Marine laboratory in Layton on the Florida Keys.  There students study reefs and reef communities, mangroves and algal communities.  Finally, students visit the University of North Florida for an experience with estuaries and lagoons where temporal and spatial variability are the themes. View video of the 24 hour water sampling (YouTube) and the beach dynamics and ecosystem (YouTube) components.

The course is open to all qualified students, regardless of university affiliation and is intended for junior or senior level biology students.  Students not enrolled at one of the five host universities must complete a summer transient form. 

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