SFS is an affiliated program. You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades count toward your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.
SFS offers field-based, environmentally-focused study abroad programs that are academically rigorous and include a directed research component.
Visit the School for Field Studies' website for specific program features and eligibility requirements.
Marine Resource Studies: Engage in research helping to provide the local government, community, and tourism developers with recommendations that will help sustain the economic, social, and ecological stability of South Caicos.
You will enroll in four courses for a total of 16 credits:
- SFS 3020: Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values (4 credits)
- SFS 3730: Tropical Marine Ecology (4 credits)
- SFS 3740: Principles of Resource Management (4 credits)
- SFS 4910: Directed Research (4 credits)
Session I: Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management: Learn about key aspects of environmental assessment and management of tropical marine ecosystems and explore sustainable development strategies for the Turks & Caicos Islands at a local and global scale. (SFS 3530, 4 credits)
Session II: Applied Marine Research Techniques: Learn about developing scientific approaches to identify key problems affecting the health of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests that surround the island, and implement the scientific research process. (SFS 3560, 4 credits)
Course descriptions and full syllabi are available on the program page of SFS' website.