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  • Locations: Andros Island, Bahamas; San Salvador Island, Bahamas
  • Program Terms: Jan Term
  • Restrictions: McDaniel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Housing Options: Research Station Areas of Study: Biology, Interdisciplinary
Program Type: Jan Term Program Leader/s: Dr. Randall Morrison
Program Description:
Only approved students may use this application.  To apply email Dr. Morrison at
Jan Term: Tropical Marine Biology - BIO 1172
Jan Term 2021

Bahamas BeachOn this two-week trip, open to all students of any major or interest, we will visit two of the “family islands” of the Bahamas – San Salvador and Andros. San Salvador is a small island on the eastern edge of the Bahamas that is well known for its crystal clear waters and archeological heritage (among such distinctions, it was Christopher Columbus’ first landing site). Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas and has world famous blue holes, one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, and its own unique culture. The rich biological resources of these two islands will allow us to compare and contrast complex ecosystems associated with patch and barrier reefs, intertidal zones and estuaries. Study will also include the geological, historical, and cultural history of these islands and the Bahamas as a whole, focusing on ecological and economic problems confronting the entire island chain. Good swimming skills and moderate hiking ability are required. Prerequisite: Interview required.  

The Location and Itinerary

Class dates: January 2-15, 2021

Week 1:
We will spend a week visiting San Salvador island in the Bahamas examining complex ecosystems associated with patch and barrier reefs, intertidal zones and estuaries as well as exploring a variety of terrestrial ecosystems.
Week 2: 
We will also spend a week on a liveaboard dive boat SCUBA diving in the Exumas islands of the Bahamas.

Housing and Meals

Students will stay at a field station and on a liveaboard dive boat.  Meals are included.

Bahamas Scuba 
This trip is intended for all students of any major and will provide a solid introduction to tropical marine biology, basic oceanography and geology, island plant and animal biology, historical and cultural studies, and photography. For students who are majoring in Biology, completion of this course waives one of the laboratory requirements for the Biology major.

Format: The focus of this course is on-site study. Each day we will visit multiple aquatic and terrestrial sites for exploration and discovery. Besides opportunities for on-site lectures and discussion, each evening we will review the multitudes of photographs (both underwater and land shots) that we have taken to learn more about what we saw and to make connections and draw conclusions about the different plants, animals, ecosystems, geology, and cultures we encounters. Students are encouraged to bring their own cameras, but all students will have multiple opportunities to use one of the several high-end underwater cameras that will be available on the trip. All students will be required to maintain a daily journal to highlight each day’s adventures and sightings. More importantly, though, the journal is the means by which each student can demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences between relevant sites, reflect and expand on insights and observations, and carefully summarize overarching themes.  

Bahamas UnderwaterThe estimated cost for this entire program is $3,600. This includes all transportation costs, lodging and meals, and the fitting and purchase of high quality snorkeling equipment that you get to keep after the trip! This cost does not include fees and costs associate with acquiring a passport, personal items, entertainment, snacks, souvenirs, or food purchased in airports.  

Student Experience
Students of any major will benefit from this interdisciplinary on-site study course and travel through the warm and sunny Bahamas. Each day will be filled with snorkeling in crystal clear waters observing and photographing the amazing creatures that inhabit the coral reefs, or exploring archeological ruins, or hiking to some important biological and geological locations, or absorbing the fascinating culture of the Bahamian family islands. Suffice it to say that this is an awesome experience for students, and one they will not soon forget.  

Note: Students will stay on a boat for most of the program.

How to Apply
Click "Apply Now" and follow the prompts to log in with your McDaniel username and password. 

Note: Applying for a study tour does not guarantee participation. The faculty leader will provide final approval for all registered students to participate.  Students must have sophomore class standing or higher or be a First Year Honors student.  Students must be in good academic and financial standing in order to be approved to attend a Jan term class with travel.

Application deadline: May 8, 2020
Drop deadline: October 1, 2020
Max capacity: 16 students
***Students must meet with Dr. Morrison in order to apply***

For more information contact
Dr. Randall Morrison

This program is currently not accepting applications.