EOS 401

Oceanographic Field School

Sandy west coast beach

Methods of data acquisition, study and analysis required for solving oceanographic problems. Includes a field component held at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Focus is on planning, implementing and analyzing a field data set, elucidating the biological, chemical, geological and physical dynamics of coastal waters.

Note: expressions of interest to participate in this course should be directed .

2024 Information:

Section A01: 27 April – 13 May, 2024.

Location: University of Victoria and Bamfield Marine Sciences Center (BMSC).

Instructors: Dr Roberta Hamme & Dr Jody Klymak.

Co-ordinator: Casey Brant ().

Pre-requisites: three of EOS/BIOL 311 (Biological Oceanography), EOS 312 (Chemical Oceanography), EOS 313 (Geological Oceanography), or a Physical Oceanography courses (either EOS 314 or EOS 431) – pre-reqs will be strictly enforced

Participation fee: To be determined (likely $1000–$1300, exclusive of tuition).

Application: via webform; Deadline: 2024-02-14.
Deposit $100 via online payment; Deadline: 2024-02-14.

Balance Deadline: TBA via online payment.

Registration: An invitation to register will be sent to participating students by email.

students at sea

Accommodation and Board:

The course will begin with two days of planning and preparation at the University of Victoria, followed by a week at BMSC where time will be divided between collecting samples by boat in Barkley Sound and sample analysis and project work on land. Following the week in Bamfield students will return to UVic to finish sample analysis, data processing and project reports. At Bamfield accommodations will be dormitory style, and meals will be provided. While at UVic students will be expected to make their own arrangements for accommodation and meals.


The department will provide transportation to and from BMSC. Travel will be from UVic to Port Alberni via passenger bus, and then from Port Alberni to BMSC by ferry (MV Frances Barklely).