Ohio University

Bahamas: Animal Diversity and Ecology in the Caribbean

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Program Feature

Field Work

Program Term

Spring Break

Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus


Application Deadline

September 20 at 11:59pm

For more information contact:

Karen Mammone
Program Co-Director

Molly Gurien
Program Co-Director

Emily Englehart
Global Programs Coordinator


A scenic view of a tranquil beach


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. 

Highlights and Excursions 

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. 

Living Arrangements 

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. 

Program Dates 

This program is offered annually, over spring break.

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial and academic risk. Please click here to read information related to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic


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. 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, meals while in country, excursions, airport transfers, in-country transportation, farewell dinner, and international medical health insurance. 

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 4 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

An itemized Student Budget Worksheet will be published when the next travel dates are available.

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and be in good judicial standing with the university. Students must have completed or be enrolled in BIOS 1710/1715 the preceding semester; 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 

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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 or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document 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 this program. 

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

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here.