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Explore and study modern reef environments on the island of Bermuda! For science and non-science majors alike, this program introduces students to Bermudian modern reef environments, piquing interest in the geology, hydrology, and oceanography of this unique island.

You will observe both the modern carbonate reef environments and the ancient rocks on Bermuda and start making connections about what is preserved in the rock record and what organisms are valuable in a carbonate environment. By observing beach and dune deposits on the island of Bermuda, you will learn about sea level and climate change throughout geologic history.

Selection Criteria

Participants must be able to swim. A significant portion of the program will be spent traveling on boats, ocean swimming, and snorkeling on coral reefs. Applicants will be required to pass a swim test and a one-mile hike at HCC.

This program also involves a good amount of hiking on rocky and uneven terrain in hot and humid conditions.

You must attend two mandatory orientation meetings prior to departure.

Next Bermuda Orientation: TBD

  • Credits

    Oceanography - Physics 120 (3 credits)/online: HCC students have the opportunity to receive 3 college credits by enrolling in Physics 120 - Oceanography. Students will be required to complete coursework prior to the program and record daily observations and assignments in a lab notebook while on the program. The online portion of the course will be taught from May 29 - July 13, 2018. 

    OR Geology 117 Lab (1-credit)/online: HCC students have the opportunity to receive 1 college credit by enrolling in Geology 117 lab. Students must have completed Geology 107 or Physics 106 in a prior semester or they must apply for instructor approval to register for this class. The online portion of the course will be taught from May 29 - July 13, 2018. 

  • Schedule

    This course will be based at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). Each day students will spend 4-6 hours in the water and on land studying reef environments and preserved beach and dune deposits. Upon returning from the field, students will examine their sediment and rock samples in the lab and after dinner the group will summarize their findings for the day, building on what was learned during the course of the program. Other possible activities during the week include a visit to the Bermuda aquarium, touring and swimming in island caves, and night snorkeling.

    Example Day 3:
    7:45 AM Breakfast at BIOS
    8:30 AM -1:30 PM Boat to Harrington Sound (snorkeling) (sack lunch in field) and visit Bailey’s Bay (snorkeling)
    3:00-5:00 PM In Laboratory (examine samples collected)
    5:45 PM Dinner at BIOS
    7:00-9:00 PM Lecture 3

    Schedule is subject to change depending on prices and entrance availability.

  • Program Director

    Jennifer Kling
    Phone: 443-518-4083

  • Details

    Program Dates: July 2-9, 2018

    The cost of the program (not including the cost of credit courses) is $2,650*.

    (Limited Financial Aid is available for HCC credit students).

    The $2,650* cost includes:
    • Round-trip airfare to/from Bermuda.
    • Transportation to/from the airport in Bermuda and travel around the island via bus.
    • Accommodations at BIOS in Bermuda (non-air-conditioned shared occupancy in residence halls).
    • Most meals at BIOS.
    • All planned boat excursions and entrance fees.
    • Program will be limited to 12 participants. 

    Additional costs not included in the program:
    • Personal expenses.
    • Any excursions that students may undertake during open time and meals outside the program.
    • Visa if required.

    * HCC reserves the right to increase the cost of the Program Fee up to 10% due to increased program costs, increased flight costs, and/or, currency fluctuations.


     Non-Refundable due: at registration
     Initial Payment due: January 12, 2018
    $1,075 Final Payment due: February 9, 2018

    Note: If you do not make payment on time you will automatically be dropped from the program and will not be able to re-register. Registration is ongoing until March 16, 2018, and is limited to 12 participants.

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