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Courses

Not all research happens in labs. Not all classes take place in classrooms. Come to UMBS and experience learning in a whole new way. Our field-based classes will put you hip deep in crystal-clear streams and face to face with butterflies. You’ll create your own research questions. And as you answer them, you’ll learn techniques, use equipment, and acquire skills that will build your resume and make you stand out in job and grad/professional school applications.

With some variation between courses, experience gained at UMBS is relevant to careers in conservation biology, wetland management, forestry, fisheries, academic research, environmental policy, public service, and more. 2019 course application coming soon!

Spring field classes

May 20-June 17, 2019

Students take one of the following 5 credit classes. Each class meets all day, 5-6 days per week.

Spring Transforming Learning classes

Because these classes are part of the university-funded Transforming Learning Program,

  • they are only open to University of Michigan Ann Arbor students
  • some are tied to a fall or winter class on the Ann Arbor campus;
  • typically tuition is assessed and credits are awarded in the subsequent fall semester;
  • room and board at the Biological Station is automatically covered by UMBS scholarships;
  • you will need to follow the specific instructions on the individual course pages below to register.

Summer field classes

June 22 - August 17, 2019

Students take two of the following classes. Each class is 5 credits and meets all day, 2-3 days per week (days noted on the course description pages).

Summer and Late Summer Transforming Learning classes

Because these classes are part of the university-funded Transforming Learning Program,

  • they are only open to University of Michigan Ann Arbor students;
  • some are tied to a fall or winter class on the Ann Arbor campus;
  • tuition is assessed and credits are awarded in the subsequent fall semester;
  • room and board at the Biological Station is automatically covered by UMBS scholarships;
  • you will need to follow the specific instructions on the individual course pages below to register.