Gulf Coast Field Studies

​​​​​Most biology students experience science in the classroom, with textbooks and test tubes. But North Lake offers the chance to learn in the real world, with the Biological Field Studies program. Head to the Texas Gulf Coast and ​discover ecosystems on land and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Weekend pre-trip classes at North Lake start in March 2020, building to a weeklong trip in May, when the class heads to the outdoor laboratories in and around Port Aransas. The Texas Coastal Bend is a unique mix of forest, arid southwestern and subtropical habitats, and students see ecosystems on land and by boat.

Hundreds of students have participated in Biological Field Studies at ​our North Lake Campus for 40 years. Classes in the program can be used to satisfy major or laboratory requirements when transferring to many Texas public universities.

Biology Field Studies: Classes

  • Biology 1411 – General Botany
    And one of the following:
  • Biology 2406 – Environmental Biology
  • Biology 1407 – Biology for Science Majors II

8 credit hours total

Dates and Costs

  • Pre-trip classes: March 28; April 4, 18, 25; May 2, 3, 2020
  • Travel dates: May 15-22, 2020
  • Student Assessment: $525
  • Tuition: $472
    Total cost is about $997, plus the cost of meals while on the trip. All costs are based on an estimate of 18 students in the program, and fees do not need to be paid at once.

Contact Us

Want to learn more or receive the full class schedule? Don't hesitate to call or email us! We are happy to help you work out a payment plan.

Mike Huddleston

  • Director of the Biological Field Studies Program

North Lake Math & Science Division

  • 972-273-3500