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  • Locations: Cockburn Harbor, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Program Sponsor: Field Studies 
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program by Theme: Human Ecology, Sustainability and Environment Subject Areas of Interest: Biology, Environmental Studies, Global Development Studies, Policy Studies
Language of Study: English Campus Program Advisor: Vince Eckhart
OCS Contact: Alicia Stanley Min. GPA: 2.8
Housing: Dorm
Program Description:



  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 16 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


Snorkeling and scuba diving in the waters surrounding South Caicos, students learn field research and monitoring techniques to identify and assess the health of a wide range of marine organisms and habitats. Students learn to identify and observe the behavior of marine species, assess coastal and marine habitats, quantify fisheries resources, and analyze implications of fishery policies. Students evaluate the concept and practice of marine protected areas (MPAs) as a resource management tool.


  • Learn about tropical marine ecology, evaluate fisheries management and policies, and practice field research skills in one of the most pristine marine habitats in the tropical Western Atlantic
  • Scuba dive and snorkel for fish, coral, seagrass, and mangrove identification exercises
  • Excursion to neighboring Providenciales, Middle Caicos, and North Caicos: tour aquaculture operations and desalination plants; explore the caves and bat colonies of Middle Caicos; discover the tropical dry forests of North Caicos; absorb local ecological knowledge of bush medicines and foods; study the rich cultural history of the territory


Through Directed Research (DR)—as opposed to basic, applied, or independent research—students conduct research on a specific topic that is part of the SFS Center’s long-term strategic research plan, which has been developed in partnership with local community stakeholders and clients.

The course, taught by resident SFS faculty, provides students with the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a mentored field research project that addresses a local environmental issue. Through the DR project, students contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions.






Why study in the Turks and Caicos Islands?

  • conduct biological/environmental field research as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • learn about the unique marine ecosystem of a Caribbean island
  • help  local government, community, and tourism developers with recommendations for economic, social, and ecological sustainability

Open to all majors, and of particular interest to students in:
Environmental Studies
Global Development Studies
Policy Studies

Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell

At least one semester of biology or ecology required. Commitment to understanding environmental issues. Willingness to live and work in groups.


This program is currently not accepting applications.