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Field Courses

Field courses offer small class size with opportunities to travel across the globe, from U of T’s Koffler Scientific Reserve (north of Toronto), to the New World tropics, Algonquin Park, and many other spectacular places.

We typically offer 1 or 2 field courses each year taught by EEB professors and instructors. Our department is also part of the Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology (OUPFB) which allows U of T students to take field courses offered by other universities in Ontario without having to apply for transfer credit. There are usually up to 30 different field courses to choose from. These courses are conducted world-wide in the tropics, the arctic, the mountains, as well as many in Ontario.

These slides provide an overview of the application process for field courses (contains Summer 2023 info).

Field Courses 

EEB405H-Temperate Field BiologyDates: TBD

Location: Koffler Scientific Reserve, King City, ON
Instructors: Megan Bontrager & Ben Gilbert
Course Description

EEB406H-Inter-University Field CourseDates: Various

EEB403H-Tropical Field BiologyNOT OFFERED SUMMER 2023

Location: Peru

Please Note:

  • The University’s Grading Practices Policy states that some graded work be returned before the date to cancel a course without academic penalty. Please be aware that this is not practical for a two-week field course. 
  • If you intend to graduate in November, the field course final grades may not be available to allow for degree completion. We do not recommend taking a field course if you plan to convocate in November.
  • For St. George students: if you pay tuition per course, you will be charged for tuition once you have been added to the course. If you pay tuition as a flat program fee, you are not required to pay tuition if the course counts towards satisfying a requirement for your program. Students who are enrolled in a field-course only (i.e., not enrolled in other courses over the summer), will have the tuition for the field course removed with incidental fees remaining. This is only applicable if a student was charged on a program fee basis for the previous Fall/Winter Session. Please note that you must pay the incidental fees before the deadline, however. The incidental fees will be credited back to you sometime in July only if you do not enroll in other courses taking place on campus during the summer.


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