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FAQs – Summer Session Courses

  1. Who can take field courses at Reis?
    • The only prerequisite for all field courses is BIOL-1060.  Students who have completed freshman biology are encouraged to apply.
  2. What summer courses are offered?
    • Courses in Aquatic Ecology, Cave Biology and Spring Flora are offered in the summer session.  Please use the Field Courses link on the left to see full descriptions of each course.  You can contact the instructors listed for further information about the courses.
    • In addition to satisfying an upper division elective, the Spring Flora course also fulfills the plant biology requirement for biology majors.
  3. How many credits are the summer session courses?
    • Each course is worth four credit hours and satisfies a lab requirement.
  4. How long is the summer session?
    • The summer session runs for three consecutive weeks beginning the Monday after SLU commencement.
  5. How much time is spent in class each day?
    • A typical class day consists of 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab.
  6. What does it cost to take a summer field course?
    • Tuition for a 4-credit summer field course is approximately $2000.  There is also an additional field fee of $250 that covers all food costs for the 3-week session.
  7. How do I get to the field station?
    • SLU provides transportation to and from the station at the beginning and end of the session.  Students may also drive themselves or be dropped off at the station.  All transportion during the session to off-site locations is provided.
  8. What is housing like at the field station?
    • Students stay in single-sex cabins that are heated and air-conditioned.  Cabins have wooden bunks with foam mattresses; students should bring their own pillow, linens (sheets, mattress pad) or sleeping bag and towels. 
    • Students who stay in the cabins use men's and women's indoor shower houses that have three flush toilets, three sinks and three showers.  Students provide their own personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.).
    • There is also a loft above the main lodge that sleeps up to 10 students.  Two bathrooms are available in the lodge: one with a sink and toilet, the second with sink, toilet and shower.
    • A small coin laundry has two washers ($0.50) and two dryers ($0.25); laundry soap is provided.
  9. What are meals like at the field station?
    • We provide 3 meals each day.  Breakfast includes a hot option (pancakes, french toast, eggs) as well as a variety of cold cereals.  Lunch options may include sandwiches, salads, soups, and fruit.  Dinners range from grilled choices such as burgers, chicken and kebabs to pasta, tacos, red beans & rice, and more.  A variety of fresh salads is offered at each dinner.
    • Vegetarians are welcome!  We provide a meatless option at every meal.
  10. Should I bring money?
    • You may want to bring a small amount of money for activities like bowling, ice cream trips and personal purchases.  Bringing large sums of cash is unnecessary.
  11. How do I contact the outside world while at the field station?
    • The station has a DSL internet connection.
    • Cell phone reception at the station is spotty but occasionally works; more reliable reception is available a 5-minute drive away.  A landline is available for emergencies.
  12. What is there to do for fun?
    • During the week, there are nightly campfires (s'mores!), Wednesday night bowling, trips to an ice cream shop, and twice-weekly informal talks by faculty, graduate students or visiting researchers.
    • Students also enjoy swimming in Huzzah Creek, playing cards & games, and reading.
    • On the weekends, we often organize float trips.
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