Field Biology I / Field Biology II (spring and summer 2015/ early 2016)
Ontario Universities Programme in Field Biology (OUPFB)

General Information






Modules for the season will be posted on the OUPFB website in mid-December 2014 and in hardcopy in the hall outside Rm 2321.  We will begin the application process on the first day of classes in January 2015.


INSTRUCTIONS:      Please read the full instructions below...and of course follow them!


General Information
A selection of one and two week field modules are available to Queen's students for regular course credit through the cooperation of biology faculty from Queen's, Carleton, York, Brock, Western, Ottawa, Waterloo, Windsor, Guelph, Laurentian, McMaster, Toronto, Wilfred Laurier and Trent Universities.

Application:    There are two parts to the application process. 

  1. For QUEEN'S STUDENTS a fill-able version of the application form is available here .  (There is also a generic form available online on the OUPFB website but you don't need to use it.)   Queen's students should download the fillable pdf application form.  Fill it out and print two copies of your completed form using the print button on the top of the form.  Attach your cheque to the first page (= deposit form) and sign the risk waiver (page 3).  Click on the submit button at the top of the form which hopefully sends an electronic copy of your application information to Brenda Schamehorn (saving her having to type all your info in again!).  If it doesn't work then just hand in the hardcopy of page 2 to the general office or to Brenda.   The other copy you printed is for your records. 
  2. Submit your application.  The order of application will be established by the order that deposit cheques are received.  Attach your deposit cheque to the first page of the pdf form and submit it to Janice Gruenberg in the Biology General Office rm 3111 BIO SCI.  Beginning Tuesday, Feb 18th we will accept applications for available spots.  Go to the OUPFB site and see which modules have seats available - you can apply for any of those.   Brenda will communicate directly with the module host university coordinator to secure a spot for you.

Deposits:    The amount of the deposit required for each module is $250.00.  Make deposit cheques payable to Queen's University.  Once a space has been reserved for you (in a requested course) your deposit is non-refundable.  Cheques are generally cashed right after the February break.  WARNING:  If your cheque is returned to us NSF (non sufficient funds) we will have to pass on the additional $25 bank charges.

Cost:    Items covered in the "cost" (the amount you must pay for the field course) vary with each module.  In some cases, costs cover everything, eg. food, lodging and transportation, while others do not cover transportation.  Please read the module description carefully so you understand what costs will be covered by your payment. NOTE:
Amounts listed here ("costs") do not include your University course registration/tuition fees which you pay when you register for the course (usually in fall following your field work).


Enrolment:    Enrolment is limited.  If vacancies in modules exist after guaranteed spots are spoken for in round one, they will be filled by applicants from any of the universities.  Modules may be cancelled if there are too few applicants.  It is important that you list alternatives if you definitely want to be placed in a module. If your first choice is full you will be placed in your alternate choice so make sure it is something you really want to do.

Acceptance:    Before applying for a module be sure you have the appropriate prerequisites.  A combination of "first come, first served", seniority, and an effort to give each student at least one "first choice" is used to determine your acceptance into a module in the first round.  The order of application will be established by the order that deposit cheques are received in the general office.  You can still apply for open spots in a module after the first round deadline but there are far fewer choices available then.

Registration: Generally you do not register for 307* or 317* until you have completed the field work!  Therefore, if you plan to take Biol 307* and sign up for a two week module to be complete in the summer of 2014 you should register for the course at the fall registration 2014 for inclusion in the fall or winter term courses.  Courses that occur during Christmas break and February break do not follow this pattern and would register for the winter 2015 term.  If you have already completed 307 then the above applies to Biology 317*. Amounts listed in the descriptions ("costs") do not include your University course registration/tuition fees which you pay when you register for the course.  307 / 317 will be added automatically to your list of courses by Julie French during pre-registration based on our records.  If you do not complete the field course you may remove it during add/drop in the fall.

Credit:    To obtain credit for Biol 307* (3) or 317* (3) a student must complete two weeks of field work plus assignments.  There is also the opportunity to take a one week field course for 1.5 credit if available.  In that case you would register for Biol 308 (1.5) or 309 (1.5). 

Assignments:    Assignments vary with the module, but may include preparatory readings, seminars to be given during the module, and usually include an essay / report.  Read the module descriptions carefully.  Instructors of the module(s) you select will contact you if they expect preparatory reading. Due Dates:  Assignments are normally due four weeks after the end of your module.

OCASP Forms: Queen's students taking part in an off campus academic activity are required to complete the forms associated with OCASP (Off Campus Activity Safety Protocol).  Once you have been accepted into a module Brenda Schamehorn will send you further instructions.


Follow the link to the official
Ontario Universities Programme in Field Biology (OUPFB) website. On the site you will find the list of modules offered through Queen's and other Ontario Universities. The OUPFB website gives titles, dates, location, and costs of modules.     Hard copies of the course outlines have been posted in Biosciences Complex, 2nd floor teaching wing. 


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If you have any questions contact ...


Brenda Schamehorn, Rm. 2321, 533-6000 ext 77437


Dr. Shelley Arnott, Rm. 4230a, 533-6384