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Our summer college courses are taught in an immersive format over two weeks, and are highly acclaimed by students. Courses provide hands-on experience and emphasize learning-by-doing in disciplines like ecology, herpetology, conservation, entomology, molecular techniques, and more. Most courses include extensive fieldwork in nearby natural areas and occasional field trips to sites across southern Oklahoma. All courses are 3 credit hours. See our Guide to Living at the Station for a list of what to bring and what to expect.

Students live at the biological station. We provide housing and meals, and amenities that include computer labs, Internet, study areas, laundry facilities, volleyball, basketball, recreation room with Ping-Pong and television, and spectacular lakefront views.

Enrollment Process

Current University of Oklahoma Students
To enroll in a Biological Station course, you must first submit an application (see link below). When we receive and process your application we will issue permission for you to enroll online. T

Students NOT Currently Enrolled at University of Oklahoma
Students attending other colleges and universities may apply for our courses. Visiting students should (1) apply for admission to the University of Oklahoma as an undergraduate or graduate visitor, and (2) submit the course application form. Before applying for admission to the university, which requires a non-refundable fee, we suggest you first inquire about course availability.


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Spring Intersession & Summer 2019 Courses (see course descriptions below)

    Session 1: May 13-24, 2019 (Spring Intersession)
        Arthropod Vector Surveillance and Management
        Molecular Techniques for Field Biology
        Senior Seminar (Capstone)

    Session 2: May 28 - June 7, 2019 (Spring Intersession)
        Field Mammalogy
        Stream Ecology
        Field Studies in Biological Conservation

    Session 3: July 8 - 19, 2019 (Summer)
        Field Herpetology
        Aquatic Insect Ecology


Forensic Entomology students

Vector borne diseases are on the rise. Since, 2004, the number of vector borne diseases has tripled and nine new pathogens spread by mosquitoes and ticks have been discovered or introduced to the US. However, the number of people trained in this discipline is rapidly declining. In this course, you will collect, preserve, and identify arthropods that are well-known pests and vectors for bacteria, viruses, helminthes, and protozoa to humans, livestock, equines, and other animals. Based on this knowledge you will determine what vector borne disease(s) people and animals are at risk for then develop an integrated pest (vector) management program to reduce that risk. To accomplish this feat, you will immerse yourself in the operations of both livestock and equine facilities, learn field and laboratory techniques used by medical-veterinary entomologists, and learn the importance of integrated pest management systems in controlling pests that are of public and animal health concerns.


Molecular techniques class

Application of molecular biology to field studies of animal populations, including DNA and protein techniques, and their application in phylogenetics and population genetics.

Syllabus for Molecular Techniques (PDF)


Capstone, 2019 Spring Intersession: Session 2

Oklahoma Biological Station

Humans, Ecology, and Scientific Communication

Brent Tweedy

How humans as a species impact the environment is one of the more pressing concerns facing our society. By default, we tend to view this issue as humans vs. the environment. However, another approach towards understanding this issue is to consider humans a part of the ecosystem that we live in, just as we would for any other species. Would using this approach change how we look at issues of environment and sustainability? We will investigate this question by looking at some of our most pressing environmental problems, such as freshwater supply, biodiversity loss, and environmental destruction and degradation, through the lenses of humans vs. the environment and humans as part of the environment. These dual perspectives will be evaluated through our combined knowledge of evolution, ecology, biology, and environmental science. Additionally, we will focus on communicating these viewpoints to different audiences (scientist to laypeople) and in doing so, develop strategies to enhance our scientific communication and engagement with others. This course will rely on participants to lead discussions on the human species’ role in causing and solving today’s environmental issues and will involve sharing ideas through writing assignments and presentations.

Course Syllabus


This course focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological features of streams. Students will work in groups to intensively sample and compare the abiotic conditions, foodwebs and ecosystem function of two streams (perennial and intermittent) near the Biological Station.  Students will read and synthesize background literature on stream ecology. We will also visit and explore other streams in southern Oklahoma.

Field Mammalogy photo for website


A study of mammals with emphasis on principles of mammalian ecology, conservation, biodiversity, techniques of field study, and methods of collection and preservation.

Field Mammalogy - Syllabus


Field Studies in Biological Conservation introduces students to the complex conservation issues currently facing the citizens of Oklahoma. Student readings on conservation issues will come from a variety of valid sources, representing several different aspects of each issue. Our classroom time will be devoted to a discussion of these issues. Discussions will be supplemented by field trips, with the majority of our time being spent outdoors, seeing first hand Oklahoma’s diverse ecoregions and associated conservation issues. Field trips help students better observe the natural world, create awareness of Oklahoma’s biodiversity, and have a deeper understanding of conservation issues facing Oklahoma and the southern Great Plains. 

Syllabus - Field Studies in Biological Conservation



UOBS Students in Field Herpetology

Field Herpetology provides an overview of methods, techniques and standards for the collection, management and analysis of herpetological field data for various applications. On local field trips we collect amphibians and reptiles while covering basic diagnostic (morphological, ecological, and behavioral) characteristics of observed species. Students design and complete individual projects that utilize field sampling techniques and address current issues in ecology and conservation of reptiles and amphibians.

Field Herpetology - Syllabus



Wetlands Ecology class


Basic principles of aquatic entomology, the study of aquatic insects and other invertebrates. A hands-on course with significant time devoted to field trips and time in the lab identifying local species and understanding their natural history and ecology.