State University of New York, College at Oneonta Susquehanna River
BIOL 285: NY Stream Biota: ID & Ecology. 
This is a 16-day, field-based course.  Students will learn to identify the organisms commonly encountered in and around the streams and they will also have guest-led workshops on pearly mussel science and electrofishing.  The major part of the course is a student-designed research project that will be carried out in rivers surrounding our Biological Field Station.  We will also have evening seminars on careers in stream ecology and graduate school and how to get there. The Oneonta Biological Sield Station is in Cooperstown, NY, with a boat house on Otsego Lake, the start of the Susquehanna River.
The tuition and fees for this 4-credit course come to $1270 for NYS residents, or $2922 for out-of-state students. Housing is free and students pay ~$200 in additional fees to cover all food (meals and snacks) for the 16 days.  The menu is diverse and will accommodate any dietary restrictions (vegan, celiac, halal, etc.).  Students may bring their own tents, but tents can also be provided for free.
The description from the course catalog:
"An intensive field course focusing on the identification of and interrelationships between stream biota of New York. Students will learn to identify commonly encountered species of fish, invertebrates, algae, and vascular plants (in-stream and riparian) and the life histories and interrelationships between these organisms and with their surroundings. Students will perform an independent project applying the skills learned in the course. The students will camp at the Biological Field Station for the duration of the course; costs shared by students. The course will be held biennially during the Summer Session. A-E Only. Offered Summer only.
Prerequisite(s): SoS; 3 s.h. of BIOL or ENVS or GEOL or ESCI."
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Jeff Heilveil  (
06/11/2022 - 06/26/2022