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Bahamas: Animal Diversity and Ecology in the Caribbean



Dive into the beautiful, blue Bahamian waters as you learn about the diversity of marine animals in the Animal Diversity and Ecology in the Caribbean program. This program travels to Forfar Field Station on Andros Island in the Bahamas and provides an amazing opportunity for Ohio University students to spend time in gorgeous surroundings doing field work including species identification, data collection and analysis, and experiments.  Students on this program will gain an appreciation and understanding of the biodiversity in marine systems.

The program includes three days of boat travel to various coral reefs and three days on land to visit reefs close to shore, intertidal areas, coppices, blue holes and birding sites.


Program Dates

March 7 - 14, 2020

Application Deadline: September 20, 2019

Eligibility and Selection Process

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and be in good judicial standing with the university. S tudents must have completed or be enrolled in BIOS 1710/1715 the preceeding semester can apply; students in other majors must have completed BIOS 1000 or BIOS 2200.  Preference given to juniors and seniors with majors in related fields.  

This program is only open to OHIO students.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.


Students will be housed at the Forfar Field Station in shared cabins. Most meals will be provided at the station. Vegetarians will also be accommodated.

Courses and Credits

BIOS 4900 – 4 OHIO credits.

NOTE: This course will meet weekly for 8 weeks prior to spring break 2019 for introductory lectures and travel orientation. After the spring break field component in the Bahamas, the class will continue to meet weekly for student presentation and field study wrap-up.


Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Spring Break 2020

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Additional Information on the Bahamas 

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the   CIA World Factbook.

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the   recommendations   of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the   State Department site   for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to   International SOS   for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the   Office of Student Accessibility Services   to schedule an appointment to complete an   Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,   apply for your passport   now. 

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for the Bahamas can be found   here.  US citizens will not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this  program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program.  Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's   Visa Information Page  

Information for   Non-US citizens   can be found   here.  

For more information contact: 

Karen Mammone
Program Co-Director


Molly Gurien
Program Co-Director


Emily Englehart
Global Program Coordinator 






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