Hands-on, real-world — in the Bahamas real-world



We are taking teaching to the next level at Emporia State University with our Tropical Field Ecology Course, which allows students to study outside the traditional classroom — in the Bahamas!

Over 140 students in the Department of Biological Sciences have studied in the Bahamas over the past 13 years. Students study for 10 days at a field station run by the Bohemian government on the San Salvador Islands. Students in Kansas get a lot of experience in exploring grasslands and woodlands and traveling to the Bahamas takes that education to the next level — allowing them to be immersed into the world of marine life.

It’s a very hands-on course,” said Dwight Moore, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “You can read about a marine environment but unless you swam in that environment and handled the organisms, it really doesn’t come home to you like it would be if you were there touching it.”

Students in the course learn more than 200 marine life species, over 40 types of corals and get to interact with other marine life such as sea worms, rays, sea turtles and even dolphins. Students evaluate coral and have an opportunity to see first-hand how weather affects the coral and how it regenerates after events such as a hurricane.

Students graduating from Emporia State’s Department of Biological Sciences have gone on to work in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kansas Wildlife Parks & Tourism and some non-governmental agencies like the Nature Conservancy and Kansas Department of Health and Environment. A number of students work in private companies/engineering performing environmental impact studies.

This student-centered, high-immersion experience is just one of our 65 majors, minors and concentrations that emphasize traditional classroom learning and hands-on, high-impact learning. Find your passion at Emporia State University.

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