In September 2022, the College is offering five courses at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Each course will be taught by University of Chicago and MBL faculty.
These intensive, three-week long courses meet for up to eight hours per day for 5–6 days per week, combining lectures with immersive labs and fieldwork. Each student can only enroll in one course.
Students register for a September MBL course as part of their Autumn quarter course load, and each course carries 100 units of credit. The program will likely run from August 29 - September 16, 2022. Classes will be held on Labor Day. With a maximum of 15 students each, classes are small and offer an interactive teaching environment where instructors spend considerable time with each student.
The schedule ensures that students have ample time to return to campus for the remainder of the Autumn Quarter.
Cost and Financial Aid
College participants in the September MBL courses pay regular University of Chicago tuition for Autumn Quarter. Additionally, each course has a program fee of $2,250 that covers three weeks' dorm-style housing and meals at MBL, as well as all supplies and excursions. Students are responsible for covering their own airfare and related travel expenses to MBL.
Since participants remain fully registered in the College, they retain financial aid eligibility for tuition while at MBL. Need-based scholarships are available to assist with the program fee, and are automatically applied for accepted students.
Applications for September 2022 will open in January via a link on this website.
BIOS 27725. Biogeography and Species Distribution. 100 Units.
- Instructor: Eric Larsen
- Course Description: Students will explore various aspects of the biota of the region surrounding the Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. The focus of the course will be to examine various patterns in the distribution and abundance of the flora/fauna in the islands and associated mainland habitats over the course of 3 weeks through a combination of in class lectures and laboratory sessions, combined with field studies. Penikese Island will receive special focus for extensive inventory of the biota, to update previous contributions to the flora of the island and begin an inventory of mammals, birds, and invertebrates. Similar surveys will be made of nearby mainland habitats for biogeographic comparisons between island and mainland patterns of abundance.
- Read about the 2021 Biogeography course here!
BIOS 27720. Microbiomes Across Environments. 100 Units.
- Instructors: David Mark Welch, Elena Lopez Peredo
- Course description