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Spring and Summer Term Field Courses

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Spring and summer classes for 2018 will be announced soon!

Check back here in the fall/early winter of 2017 for more information. And see below for 2017 course information to get an idea of what you can learn at UMBS. 

Course Information

Classes at UMBS are offered to students from any college or univeristy in a 4-week spring session (Spring) and an 8-week summer session (Summer). Field classes meet for an entire day at a time, typically between breakfast and dinner. Some classes (e.g. Biology of Birds) start before breakfast and finish in the early afternoon. Others (e.g. Biology of Fishes or Field Mammology) may occasionally meet in the evening or even overnight. These extended class periods give you a chance to visit and learn about sites in Northern Michigan, collecting data or running small experiments there. 

Application, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

To apply for any of the classes below, Follow this link to our application. Return the completed application to our Ann Arbor office at 2541 Chemistry. We accept applications from students at any college or university. UMBS is not only for University of Michigan students.


There is NO DEADLINE TO APPLY for classes. We accept applications on a rolling basis until classes fill. We do have a March 31 deadline for financial aid and scholarship priority consideration. Students may apply for need-based aid after that date, but we can't guarantee that funds will be available.

Spring Classes

May 21 - June 17, 2017

Students take one of these classes. Each class is 5 credits and meets 5-6 days per week.

Summer Classes

June 24 - August 19, 2017

Students take two of these classes. Each class is 5 credits and meets 2-3 days per week.