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CofC in the Bahamas 2018: Biology

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Jan 03, 2018
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 tuition for their courses.

The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.

Scholarships up to $1,500 are available to support CofC degree seeking students. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. The application can be found on the CIE website, under Study Abroad > Scholarships.
Program Description

This program will be held in June, tentatively June 2-16 (exact dates TBD)


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 at Grice Marine Laboratory (James Island, SC) and then travel to Gerace Research Marine Station in San Salvador, Bahamas for the remainder of the program. 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.


-Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5
-Students must already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a valid passport


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 and 2017 as well.

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).

*A minimum number of participants is required for all study abroad programs to run

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