The course is based at the Gerace Research Centre (www.geraceresearchcentre.com) on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. On San Salvador you will observe modern reef, beach, and estuarine environments and compare their observations to similar environments preserved in the rock record. Biological processes are ultimately responsible for many of the geological features of the Bahamas, so the course considers the biology of marine organisms in addition to geological topics.
All students must have a valid passport. The Gerace Research Centre's medical form and waiver form must be filled out and signed by each student.
The plan is for the course to meet Tuesdays, 4:40 – 6:40 PM before Spring Break (Day of week and time subject to change as we develop the Spring Class schedule), 2013 for lecture/lab activities and then to have a required Spring Break trip to San Salvador Island.
* Arrive on San Salvador Island (the landfall of Columbus), Saturday, March 2nd or 3rd and spend a week on the island.
* The field portion of the class is over at when we return to Nassau, March 9th or 10th
The course will formally meet one or two additional times after Spring Break.
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
Students will be staying in residence halls/dormitories for the duration of the program. All meals will be covered by the program fee.
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
In addition to the oIP applicaton form, students must attend an interview with the program director.
Applicants must have consent of Instructor and have taken Physical Geology, Oceanography, or upper level Biology course, and at least 4 hours of additional lab science.
Applicant must meet the minimum required GPA of 2.0 and hold a Sophomore standing or above in order to partcipate.
The program is best intended for Geology, Biology, Earth Science, ISAT, and IdLS science concentrators.