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O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2889
ie@oakland.edu

Office hours
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In-person and virtual advising hours
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.

Walk-in advising hours
Mon - Thurs: 1 - 3 p.m.

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843
azimmerman@oakland.edu

International Education

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2889
ie@oakland.edu

Office hours
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In-person and virtual advising hours
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.

Walk-in advising hours
Mon - Thurs: 1 - 3 p.m.

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843
azimmerman@oakland.edu

Kayakers on a lake in the mountains in Canada.

BIO 3343 Earth and Life Coevolution in Canada

Oakland University faculty-led program to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan and Ontario, Canada. This one-week field experience focuses on the coevolution of life and earth over long geological time scales. The boreal forests of the Upper Peninsula and northern Ontario contain one of the world’s best rock records for exploring the evolution of life on earth.

Course: BIO 3343: Earth and Life Coevolution (2 credits) 

Program Dates: May 2024 TBD

Application Deadline: March 1 (Apply by February 1 for best consideration for scholarships)

For more information, contact:

Fabia U. Battistuzzi, Associate Professor, Biology
battistu@oakland.edu

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Where You Will Be

The field experience group departs from Oakland University, traveling by van to Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The following days include travel to Ontario, Canada, for exploration in Wawa, Elliott Lake, and Sudbury. The group returns to Oakland University visiting two to four sites in Michigan along the way (to study recent evidence of glaciation events and fossiliferous beds).

What You Will Do and Learn

The course format is six on-campus meetings followed by a one-week field trip. The field experience is on the coevolution of life and earth over long geological time scales (astrobiology). Students will observe, discuss, and analyze the geological record of planetary-scale glacial-interglacial events in relation to evolutionary innovations in life, climate change, microbial ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles.

What To Bring

The list of things to bring includes hiking shoes, rain gear, bug repellent spray, wet-wipes, sunscreen, an umbrella, notebook and pencil, backpack, sunglasses, water bottle, a flashlight, and small plastic bags for rock samples. A complete list will be provided at the pre-departure meeting.

Requirements

Course prerequisites/co-requisite: BIO 1300 or CHEM 1440 or PHY 1060 or ENV 3090.

The field trip associated with this course will be a combination of driving, sometimes for multiple hours, and walking. Therefore, it requires an ability to walk and stand for at least one hour, walk on uneven surfaces, and carry basic field gear (i.e. backpack with water, rain gear, notebook, rock hammer).

A valid passport is required that expires no earlier than six months after the program ends.

Cost

Tuition: 2 Credits

You will be charged for these credits on your eBill at your normal rate of tuition.

Program Fee: $1,500

To be paid to OU on our MarketPlace payment system and includes: round trip transportation (van), housing and most meals, local transportation and all excursions while in Canada, and health insurance.

Additional Costs: $325

You will need additional funds for these expenses not covered by program fee. Amounts are estimated.
Meals: $50
Incidental personal expenses: $100
Passport (if you don't have one): $175
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Scholarships and Financial Aid: You are able to use financial aid to cover your full cost of attendance to this program (tuition, program fee and additional costs). Scholarships are also available through your study abroad application.