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Marine Biology in Alaska
Juneau, AK, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/23/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/13/2018 08/04/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Marissa Baham
Language of Instruction:
English
Minimum GPA:
3.0
US State:
Alaska - AK Housing Options: Dormitory
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

Marine Biology in Alaska 2018  facebookicon

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Alaska is the last frontier of North America and has as much shoreline as the continental United States. Alaska also has the largest fisheries catch and most value for their catch of the 50 states.

This program is very affordable and safe and has been an LSU short-term program staple since 2008.

You will have an opportunity to view the Mendenhall glacier, and plant succession from it, and visit, as well as hike, kayak, fish, and zipline during your leisure time.

Expert scientists from the University of Alaska’s School of Fisheries and the National Marine Fisheries Service Laboratory at Lena Point will give presentations.  

This is a unique opportunity to study the ecosystem of the North Pacific Ocean. You will study the Pacific salmon as well as the long-term impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on the Prince William Sound ecosystem.  

This is your chance to experience a part of the US that's like no other!

 

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(undergraduate, 7 hours)
July 13 Aug 4 $4,200 instate: $2,623
out of state: $6,728
 

Program Fee Includes

  • paddle boating

    Housing in the Benfield Hall dormitory (University of Alaska Southeast)
  • Most meals
  • Ground transportation in Alaska
  • Ferry from Bellingham, WA to Juneau, AK 
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events

Meals: Students receive three meals/day on Monday-Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.  Students are responsible for providing their own dinner on Saturday and their own meals on Sundays.  This schedule was developed based on requests from past participants, who strongly felt that they would prefer to explore on the weekends without having to come back to campus to eat.

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Dr. Stickle, your Program Director, will let you know when you should purchase airfare. Do not purchase a ticket until you are told to do so.  

You should plan to fly roundtrip to/from Seattle, Washington.  The group will take a ferry from Bellingham to Juneau, AK to start the program. This ferry is covered in the cost of the program.  

At the end of the program, you will also need a one-way flight from Juneau, AK to Seattle, WA.


Spending money: Although most meals are provided, you will needs funds to pay for meals not covered by the program, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.  The estimated spending money amount students will need is $950.

Courses

All students on the Marine Biology in Alaska program take BIOL 4262 and BIOL 4263.  You should then pick one additional course (either BIOL 3999 or BIOL 4177).  

Marine BIOL in the fieldBIOL 3999 (Undergraduate Research) - while on the ferry from Bellingham to Auke Bay, this class will study the general oceanographic features, the Salish Sea, rocky intertidal banding patterns, ocean basins, oceanographic currents and tides, environmental factors affecting marine faune and flora, native people groups, whales, dolphins, sea birds, and types of marine vessels. Once in Alaska, the class will explore the Mendenhall Glacier to observe its features, visit the Auke Bay and Dipac fish hatcheries to observe fisheries management practices and the marine fisheries resources of coastal Alaska, observe Humpback whales and Stellar Sea Lions in Lynn Canal, and observe the Tracy Arm with two tidewater glaciers, icebergs that calved off of the glaciers, and Harbor Seals and their pups on the icebergs.


BIOL 4177 (Neurobiology) - this course will incorporate all of the material that is covered in the course when it's taught on the LSU campus, but will also include more information on the specifics of sensory systems possessed by fishes.  The class will study the basic properties of neurons that allow 
information to be processed. This is a major course for students who are interested in entering medical, dental, and allied health programs. 

marinebiologynetsBIOL 4262/4263 (Marine Communities and Marine Communities Lab) - Marine biology and ecology of benthic, planktonic, nektonic, estuarine, coral, and deep-sea communities, with a focus on the comparison between marine communities in Louisiana and Alaska.  Material incorporated into the course that's specific to Alaska will include the extensive rocky intertidal zone, the largest salt marsh on the west coast of North America, mud flats and sandy beaches, king and Dungeness crabs, whales, sea lions, halibut, and the five species of Pacific Salmon.  Topics of special interest will be the ecosystem approach to managing the most valuable fishery in the world and on the recovery of the Prince William Sound system from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. 

Below is a link to a document with possible research topics.  You should email Dr. Stickle (zostic@lsu.edu) your choice, and he will email you back confirmation.  Research topics will be given on a first come, first served basis, so you'll want to review the list early and choose your topic!

 
Course Description Prerequisite(s)
BIOL 4177 Neurobiology
BIOL 3090, 4087, or 4093
CHEM 2262 or 2462
BIOL 4262 Marine Communities BIOL 2153
BIOL 4263 Marine Communities Lab (1 credit hour) BIOL 2153
 
You must meet all prerequisites for the courses you take in Alaska.  

Please note: because this program ends on August 4, which is after the deadline for summer semester grades, all students on this program will initially receive Incomplete ("I") grades.  Those I grades will then be changed to the permanent letter grades by the end of September, 2018.

If you are graduating in summer 2018, you cannot participate in this program because the courses on this program will not be completed in time for graduation.
 

Itinerary

Please note: because this program ends after the deadline for summer grades, all students will initially receive Incomplete ("I") grades; those Incompletes will be changed to letter grades by the end of September, 2018.
July 13 Amtrak train from Seattle to Bellingham; ferry from Bellingham to Alaska
 
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Aug 4 Program Ends

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change

Faculty

Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. William Stickle
Program Director
Biological Sciences Bill Stickle
Dr. John Caprio Biological Sciences caprio

Eligibility & Withdrawal

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In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students)
  • Completion of BIOL 2153
  • Junior or Senior in a Senior College
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other institutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in mid-May (exact dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students who are going on our summer programs!  Join us here.