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Scuba diving


Dive In: Coastal Florida Field Experience

BIO 477/590 Dive In: Coastal Florida Field Experience (1)
Instructor: Cara Shillington, Ph.D.
Dates: April 22–29, 2016
Registration Deadline: December 18, 2015

This course takes you to Florida for a chance to earn your scuba dive certification while studying marine biology. There are two corequisites for this course: BIO 478/592 Tropical Marine Biology (2) and PEGN 348 Basic Scuba Diving (1). You must be registered for these courses for Winter term into order to take this U.S. Travel course. After your time in the tropical marine biology lecture course and the basic scuba diving weekend course, you'll join up with classmates to head down to Florida.

Over the first weekend of the course, you'll have an opportunity to attain your open water dive certification. You'll spend the rest of the trip gaining hands-on experience in a marine coastal environment. We will stay at a marine lab on the Florida Keys and work with local biologists. You'll be required to identify many of the organisms you learn about in the lecture course and will acquire skills for monitoring underwater communities.

*Some scholarship money is available for biology majors.

Program Fee: $1500 plus tuition and fees.

Program fee includes:
  • Roundtrip airfare on a regular scheduled air carrier to and from Detroit Metro Airport
  • Local transportation by van for airport transfers and daily excursions.
  • Each meal provided daily.
  • Venue admission for all required events.


  • EMU tuition and fees
  • Textbooks (if applicable)
  • Personal expenditures
  • Transportation charges resulting from deviation from printed itinerary.

This trip begins and ends at Detroit Metro Airport. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from there.

If you're using financial aid, additional assistance may be available for those who qualify. Contact financial aid.

We'll stay at a marine lab on the Keys. Accommodations are chosen for proximity to key sites on the itinerary. Rooms are based on multiple occupancies with other students. Any special room requests must be made at the time you register along with your registration documents.

If you have any questions, contact Jen Short at 734.487.3229 or jen.short@emich.edu.