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Bahamas: Botany and Geology

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Botany and Geology in the Bahamas  is an “umbrella” program.  Program participants will spend fall semester in weekly lectures, orientation sessions and travel workshops. During winter break, students travel to the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador in the Bahamas and participate in intensive field study. 

Program Dates

Not running winter break, 2018-2019. Check back for updates on future programs.

  • Runs Alternating Years

Application Deadline

Eligibility and Selection Process

This program is open to full-time undergraduate students at Ohio University, who are natural science majors and have junior or senior status.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Plant Biology students must have completed PBIO 1150 (Plant Structure and Development) and PBIO 2090 (Intro to Plant Ecology).  Geology students must have completed GEOL 3500 (Sedimentology and Stratigraphy) or GEOL 3400 (Paleontology) by fall semester. 

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 spend their first night in the Bahamas in Nassau at a modest-priced hotel. During the remainder of the trip, participants will have room and board at the Gerace Research Center.

Courses and Credits

During fall semester, students in both courses will attend weekly mandatory class periods to accommodate formal lectures and labs (such as the geology, vegetation and the cultures of the Bahamas), orientation sessions and travel workshops (such as learning about first aid and snorkel gear).

Successful completion of the on-campus lectures, orientation and travel workshops during the fall semester, followed by the short-term winter intersession field component will be worth a total of 4 credit hours.

  • PBIO 4850 Global Studies in Plant Biology (4 cr. Hours, Tier III)
  • GEOL 4540 Carbonate Depositional Systems 1 (3 cr. hours)
  • GEOL 4541 Carbonate Depositional Systems 2 (1 cr. hour)


Student costs TBD

Find out about scholarships, using your financial aid and more for this program.

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: 

Harvey Ballard 
Program Director

Alycia Stigall
Program Director

Kirsten Dabelko
Senior Program Coordinator





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