summer session I

Turks & Caicos Islands

Fundamentals of Marine Conservation


This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Major academic themes include:

  • Marine ecology and conservation
  • Marine protected areas assessment
  • Natural resource management strategies
  • Sustainable tourism and fisheries practices


On the Fundamentals of Marine Conservation program, you will take one 4-credit course. This course is participatory in nature and is designed to foster inquiry and active learning combining lectures, field exercises, assignments, and tests. This course is taught in English.

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SFS 3530 Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management 4 credits

Field Skills

You will practice valuable skills in the field which may include: marine population monitoring, habitat and biodiversity assessment, science communication, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, snorkel and scuba skills, research presentation, and PADI Open Water Diver certification (offered at an additional cost, upon request).


You will visit different ecosystems and communities while in the field, which may include coral reefs, mangrove islands, seagrass beds, fishing communities, carbonate platform flats, coastal ecosystems, beaches, marine protected areas, numerous shallow-water snorkeling sites, and the historical tourist hub of Providenciales.

Spend your summer with SFS!

Get more out of your SFS experience when you take two summer sessions with SFS. More time to explore the ecosystems and communities, more time to learn about the complex environmental issues, and more time to learn essential field skills. Sessions feature different course topics and field excursions and you will have time to travel independently between sessions.

Turks & Caicos Session II: Marine Megafauna

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All program components are subject to change.