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

Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: 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).

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities 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 back-to-back summer sessions. More time to explore the ecosystems and communities, more time to learn about complex environmental issues, and more time to build practical skills. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions.

Turks & Caicos Session II: Marine Megafauna

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All program components are subject to change.