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CofC in the Bahamas 2017: Biology

Term To Study: Summer 2017
Application Deadline: Dec 01, 2016
Program Starts: May 27, 2017
Program Ends: Jun 10, 2017
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $2,225
Program Locations: San Salvador
Contact Phone: 843-953-7661
Contact Name: Center For International Education
Contact Email:
What is Included: - Round-trip airfare to/from the Bahamas
- Room and board at Gerace Marine Research Station
- Costs associated with program-related excursions
- In-country transportation for all program-related activities
- Overseas medical insurance
- $50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program or the program is cancelled)

* Program fee subject to change
What is not Included: - Tuition for four credits and its associated fees
- Passport fees
- Personal expenses
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged for tuition and fees as follows:
* 2016-17 in-state tuition rate for four credits is $1,896 (plus Library, Technology and Part Time Fees)
* 2016-17 out-of-state tuition rate for four credits is $2,464 (plus Library, Technology and Part Time Fees). The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.
Program Description


Students will be enrolled in BIOL 337: Invertebrate Zoology (4 credits).


This is a study abroad option of an upper-level course that is offered to biology majors. It is a core biology course and a requirement for marine biology majors. The course description is the following: "Classification, morphology, physiology, behavior and life histories of invertebrates. Laboratory work will emphasize the study of living material from the local fauna." We will spend two days of Maymester at Grice Marine Laboratory (James Island, SC) and then travel to Gerace Research Marine Station in San Salvador, Bahamas for 13 nights. This marine laboratory has all the appropriate research and teaching facilities for intensive field exploration, husbandry of some organisms, and dissecting microscopes. College of Charleston is an affiliate institution of Gerace Marine Laboratory. Each day, we will have a lecture in the morning for 1-2 hours, travel to the field for 3-4 hours, and then come back to dissect and examine animals. San Salvador is a small island with easily accessible marine (seagrass, coral reef, high-salinity inland lakes) and semi-terrestrial habitats (mangroves).

Students should be aware of the following physical activities: daily snorkeling and hiking for several hours at a time.


Dr. Erik Sotka
Department of Biology

Dr. Sotka is a Professor of Biology who as worked on the ecology and evolution of marine organisms, especially invertebrates, for 20 years. Dr. Sotka was the program director for this program in Summer 2016.

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact Dr. Sotka. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education (contact information listed above).

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Population: 316182
Capital: Nassau
Per-capita GDP: $ 31400
Size: 13880 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 05:00 hours) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

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