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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.

BI367: Field Botany (Medicinal Plants in the Flora of Ontario)


One-day field trips to various habitats from Southern Ontario, complemented by lectures and laboratory work. The lectures will be closely tied to the laboratory and field work. They will provide general and theoretical background to what you see in the field and the laboratory. During the laboratory you will identify those plants that require microscopes (the majority of them), and you will essentially learn how to create a herbarium collection.

  • Instructor: Associate Professor Mihai Costea.
  • Cost: $400 additional cost on top of regular tuition.
  • Dates: May 15-26, 2017.
  • Location: Various locations in Southern Ontario; mostly day trips from Laurier's Waterloo campus.
  • 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).
  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.

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