Field Courses

***We are delighted to announce that we will now be offering University of Guelph field course BIOL*4410 (0.75 credit) remotely in two sections for 2021. Section 01 focuses on biodiversity and ecological interactions in terrestrial settings, while Section 02 focuses on biodiversity and watershed management. Both sections include an integrative research project. Please see below for the course outlines, which contain further details about each section, and to access the online application form for each section. Students may apply to both sections but will only be admitted into one.***


We regret to inform students that the 2021 OUPFB cycle has been canceled. Please check back here in the fall 2021 for information about the 2022 OUPFB course cycle.

SUSPENDED FOR 2021: ZOO*4300, BIOL*4610

Details regarding our field courses vary from year to year and course to course, so you should contact the course instructor listed on the course outline well in advance of the start of the course. For most of the field courses an organizational meeting is held a semester or two in advance of the course offering, i.e. in late fall or early winter prior to the Summer semester when the course takes place. Students must be pre-registered for the course before going on the trip. All three Guelph field courses (ZOO*4300, BIOL*4410 and BIOL*4610) MUST be registered for in the Fall semester. Please check on WebAdvisor that you have been registered before leaving for the course. To ensure this, you must bring a completed Course Waiver Request Form with your application, and then we will register you in the appropriate course and semester. If you are unclear as to the experiential learning opportunities, please see the Experiential Learning Course Decision Tree. If you are clear you want to take a field course but are unsure as to which category of field course to take, please see this Field Course Decision Tree. 

Please note: All field courses have the same application deadline (usually the last Friday in January). However, ONLY OUPFB (Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology) field course applications are ranked on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Guelph courses are not - all applications are looked over by the course instructor and he or she selects the successful applicants. You CANNOT obtain a reserved spot in the Guelph courses, only (potentially) in the OUPFB courses.



NEW FOR 2021

BIOL*4410 Section 01 - Terrestrial Biodiversity and Integrative Research 2021 (0.75 Credit)

BIOL*4410 Section 02 - Biodiversity and Watershed Management 2021(0.75 Credit)



BIOL*2300 Field Course In Biodiversity (Suspended for 2021)

ZOO*4300 Marine Biology & Oceanography (Suspended for 2021 - 0.75 credit)

BIOL*4410 Field Ecology (Algonquin Version Suspended for 2021 - 0.75 credit)

BIOL*4610 Arctic Ecology (Suspended for 2021 - 0.75 credit)

BIOL*4700, 4800 and/or 4900 The Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology (OUPFB Suspended for 2021)


OUPFB logoThe Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology (OUPFB) is the brain child of the Biology Departments of Ontario Universities and provides a method to pool field course resources. Since field courses are expensive to offer and are very faculty and staff intensive, the Ontario Universities Biology Departments decided to pool resources in this area. The net outcome is that students can take Field Courses offered by other member institutions. This provides a tremendous array of choices that no one department would ever be able to offer. A list of the available courses is posted at For registration Guelph students would be registered in BIOL*4700, BIOL*4800 and/or BIOL*4900 Field Biology for two-week or longer courses which are worth 0.50 credit. Again, you must be pre-registered for the course before you leave, so please check and confirm. Students taking field courses outside of Canada must also take a pre-departure orientation session through the Centre for International Programs, called Depart Smart. More details and instructions can be found in the OUPFB Course Outline and frequently asked questions may be answered in the Instructions for Application to an OUPFB Field Course.