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Field Courses

The Department of Biology usually offers one or more field courses to get you out doing science in the real world.

You may also be able to take a field course for credit through another institution; locations have ranged from Algonquin Provincial Park to Ecuador to China. Jump to Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology for further information.

2019 OUPFB Field Course Info Session

When:  Thursday January 17, 2019

Where:  N1001

What time: 5:30 p.m.

The info session will provide you with all you need to know about field course offerings through the Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology, including how to register.  Registration opens on Monday January 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the Biology Office (BA401). 

BI367 Field Botany - Medicinal Plants in Flora of Ontario


  • Instructor: Associate Professor Mihai Costea
  • Cost: $400 - additional cost on top of regular tuition.
  • Dates: May 13-25, 2019.
  • Location: Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON. Day field trips from Waterloo to various locations/habitats in Southern Ontario, and 3 days in Bruce Penninsula.
  • Enrolment limit: 12 students.

Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology

The Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology (OUPFB) provides students from participating universities with a tremendously broad and varied selection of field courses. If you are interested in the natural world and keen on gaining the experience and perspective uniquely offered through field-based learning and research, this is your opportunity.

Application Process

There is a unique application process for all OUPFB courses, including BI367. Please note that you cannot apply online.

  1. Download and fill out the OUPFB Application Form (pdf).
  2. Apply for the course at the Laurier Biology Office (Bricker Academic Building, Room BA401, Waterloo Campus) once registration has opened (date TBA).
  3. In addition to the regular 0.5-credit tuition fee, you will be required to pay a deposit of $350 to Laurier at the time of application, and later, the balance of the course fee to the host university prior to departure. Attach a cheque made out to Wilfrid Laurier University to your application.

Descriptions of all field courses, including costs and prerequisites, are available on the OUPFB website.

Enrolment in each course is limited. Each university receives only a small number of guaranteed spots in certain courses. However, after the first round of applications, remaining available spots can be filled by students from any university. This is why it is important to have several course options on your application. Courses may be cancelled if there are too few early applications.

The $350 deposit will be refunded if a student does not get into the course of his/her choosing. However, students who drop a field course should not expect a refund of any field course-related costs.