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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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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

Topic: Biological perspectives on medicine, ethics, and evolution    

Medicine meshes science with broader human concerns.  Biology majors with an interest in health have a solid background in the biological and biochemical sciences.  This Senior Seminar session is designed to explore the interface between the biological sciences and other dimensions of human concerns that provide a foundation for a professional path in health care.  Topics will include impacts of advancing technologies, like genetic analyses, case studies in bioethics, and the role of evolutionary perspectives in medicine.  Students will prepare a PowerPoint presentation and lead a short discussion on key topics.  There will also be some hands-on practice with molecular genetic techniques to put the discussions into realistic perspective.    

Stream Ecology

Steam Ecology examines the physical, chemical, and biological features of streams. We will explore the ecology of several streams in southern Oklahoma near the Biological Station. Students will work in groups to plan, conduct, analyze, write up, and present the results of a field or laboratory project.  You will keep a field notebook where you document and interpret our field activities. In addition to the textbook, which I will provide via handouts, you will read some journal articles and discuss them in class.


Our focus is field research for the study of populations and communities in their natural setting, and the method we will employ is learning by doing. We will work in groups to design, conduct, analyze, and document ecological research. Along the way, we will encounter topics in experimental design and analysis, field methods for sampling and censusing populations, presenting scientific results, and related subjects.    

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


To be determined