Each year the Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology (OUPFB) offers 30-40 different two-week field courses available to Carleton students for regular course credit as BIOL 3605 (first field course) or BIOL 3606 (second field course).  Successful completion of a field course is equivalent to a university 0.5 credit.

These two-week field courses range in topic and locale from studying amphibians and reptiles at the Queen’s University Biological Research Station (north of Kingston), to studying medicinal plants along the Bruce Peninsula, to studying rainforests in Costa Rica, to studying whales and dolphins in Taiwan.

Enrollment in a field course does carry extra costs above your normal tuition for items such as transportation to the field site, and for room and board.  Full descriptions of each module (contact information, dates, costs, prerequisites, and deliverables) are available at the OUPFB website. Available courses for the coming summer are updated in late November or early December.

How do I enroll in a field course module?

  1. September to December (Deadline December 1): Send top 3 module choices to Nigel Waltho by email, clearly ranking them from first choice to third choice.
  2. January to August: Email biology@carleton.ca to see if there is space in the module you are interested in. If there is space, you will be instructed to submit an Application Form, and pay a deposit ($350 non-refundable* deposit).
  3. Paying the Balance: We will confirm your acceptance into the field module. Check with the host University about paying the balance.
  4. Registration: After you have completed the field module, submit an override request on Carleton Central for the course (BIOL 3605 or BIOL 3606) in the term you would like to associate the field module with.  Once you receive confirmation you will then be able to register.

*note that the deposit is refundable only if you are not admitted into a field course. Once you have been accepted into a field module, the deposit becomes non-refundable.


If you have any questions, please contact the field course coordinator, Nigel Waltho by email or at 613-520-2600 ext 8764.