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  • Locations: St. George's, Bermuda
  • Program Terms: Intersession
  • Restrictions: JHU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
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GPA Requirement: 3.0 Housing Type: Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: All Majors, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Environmental Health & Engineering, Global Environmental Change & Sustainability
Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis Language Prerequisite: No
Prerequisites: 1 semester of introductory Chemistry Hopkins Application Fee: $25
Program Description:

Interested in becoming an ocean explorer? Join us in Bermuda this January at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)! For over a century, BIOS has worked to explore the ocean and address important local and global environmental issues.

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Hopkins Intersession in Bermuda:
Ocean Science and the Carbon Cycle

Bermuda - 2019 on boat

This course provides a hands-on introduction to oceanographic fieldwork and modeling through study of the carbon cycle.  In the mornings, students will learn to construct and critique basic models of the carbon cycle from small-scale lagoon environments to the larger ocean system.  No previous modeling experience is required.  In the afternoon, field and lab work will be performed to make measurements and observations of the carbon cycle as it functions in the marine ecosystems around Bermuda, including snorkeling on coral reefs and in the lagoon.  Participation in fieldwork is a requirement of this course.Bermuda - Students Snorkeling

January 6-18, 2019
Program Online Info Session
Friday, September 21
Watch the Webinar

Intersession Abroad Fair
A great opportunity to meet program instructors and alumni and have your questions answered in person.

Thursday, September 13th
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Hodson 2nd Floor Lobby 


The course will be hosted by the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS:, a world- class oceanographic research facility on St. George’s Island in Bermuda whose mission is to seek and share fundamental knowledge of the oceans through state-of-the-art scientific research, field expeditions, and comprehensive educational experiences.  BIOS offers hotel-style dormitories, classrooms, well equipped teaching and research laboratories, small boats, and large research vessels.

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Areas of Study

  • Oceanography
  • Climate Change

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  • 1 semester of introductory Chemistry (familiarity with acid-base interactions is a critical part of understanding the carbon cycle)
  • Open to all majors
  • Participants should be able to swimBermuda - 2018 Group

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Courses and Credits

Students will earn 3 graded Natural Sciences (N) credits for the following 300-level course:
AS.270.327 Bermuda: Field Experience in Oceanography

In this earth and environmental science course, students will spend 12 days learning from JHU and BIOS scientists about the oceans and the carbon cycle.  We will snorkel on coral reefs and in a lagoon to make measurements of the coastal carbon cycle that we can then link to the computer model we develop in class.

Mornings will be spent under the direction of Prof. Anand Gnanadesikan discussing papers and learning to analyze observations of ocean physics, biology, and chemistry and to model the processes of the carbon cycle.  Afternoons will involve going into the field or laboratory with BIOS staff to learn how these observations are made and to collect data.Bermuda - Research on Boat

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$3,600. The program cost will be billed to the JHU student account and includes airfare, housing, excursions, all meals, transportation, and international health insurance.

A generous donation from two JHU alumni and funding from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences allows us to reduce the cost of the program.

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HousingBermuda - Classroom

Students will stay in the residential facilities of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, which include single, double, and triple rooms with private bathrooms, as well as rooms with a shared bath.

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Application Process

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This program is currently not accepting applications.