Learning Beyond the Classroom
The experiential field course trains incoming MSSEP cadets in field methods and integrative problem solving related to ecological and environmental sciences at the world-class Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). Students gain an understanding of the scientific method and apply modern scientific techniques in the field from hands-on experience in observing, collecting, and analyzing data through guided scientific excursions and laboratory work.
This 12-day field course includes a number of snorkeling excursions (SCUBA certification is not required), hikes throughout various habitats, and collecting and analyzing samples aboard BIOS boats. Lectures, readings and assignments will supplement the field work. Focus will be given to field methodology, organism identifications, geology, and human impact on marine and terrestrial ecosystems.