Our Field Biology Program (FBP) includes experiences at the following different levels, allowing everybody to find the correct match with his/her expectations and capabilities:
- Many of our Biology and Science classes include 2-3-hour Field Labs where students work outdoors performing observations, measurements, and experiments under natural conditions.
- One-day and two-day Field Seminars (as BIO-251/451: Ornithology, Marine Biology, Nature Photography, Travel Photography, Observation of Nature, Wildlife of Pacific Northwest, etc.), where students travel to visit and study unique locations in Oregon and Washington.
- One-two week domestic field classes, providing opportunity to explore particular region in depth (BIO-370, or BIO-371 if taken without credit as a tour: Ecology and Geology of Hawaii; Ecology and Geology of Grand Canyon; Ecology and Geology of Pacific Northwest).
- One-week field class abroad (as BIO-370/371 Tropical Biology, Belize, Guatemala; Costa Rica; Honduras; Galapagos Islands) combining the study of unique tropical and subtropical nature with history, culture, traditions and people of different countries.
- Two-four week research-based field classes (as BIO-370/371: Amazon; Nepal/Himalaya; Australia; New Zealand) when a small group of students (usually only 3-5) assists in collection of field research data on bird ecology and behavior. These are the most “heavy duty” field courses we offer, and only students with already sufficient field experience (it can be hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, or research) are accepted to participate.
All our field courses are open to both science and non-science majors, as well as community members. Field courses may be taken for credit, or as a tour (with no credit), and, according to our students they can be life-changing!