2020 Summer Course Application Form

    Now accepting applications for Summer 2020 courses

    • Summer Application Deadline: March 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm , to be eligible for scholarships.
    • Student applications received past the application deadline will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis


    1. One set of transcripts for all post-secondary academic activities (official or unofficial).
    2. Course specific additional documentation, if applicable (listed below).

    You will be notified by e-mail when your application is complete.


    Historical Ecology & Coastal Archaeology: Students applying for this course must also complete and submit an additional form (download the form from the attachment section below)

    For UVic students taking ANTH 344,and SFU students taking ARCH 431 information on this form will be shared with the UVic Anthropology department.

    Directed Studies Course: Students applying to complete a 3 or 6 week directed studies must submit a project proposal and letter from a supervising faculty member. Contact the University Program Coordinator if you need help finding a faculty member to supervise your project. These documents are only required for the directed studies course (i.e. not required for independent study within a course as part of course load).

    Auditing: If you are applying to AUDIT a course, you must submit a letter of permission to apply from the instructor, either by an attachment here, or by email to university@bamfieldmsc.com.

    **A letter of permission from the instructor is NOT required to audit Science Filmmaking.

    To use SCUBA during University Program courses:

    The following MUST be submitted to the University Programs office by students wishing to take the BMSC Subtidal Science course (offered alternate years) and/or use SCUBA during another BMSC course. Contact the Dive & Safety Officer if you wish to use SCUBA in a course other than subtidal science. Submit these documents by email to university@bamfieldmsc.com after your application form is completed.

    1. Review: BMSC dive safety policy
    2. Copy of nationally recognized SCUBA certification (eg. PADI, ACUC, SSI, CMAS, BSAC, SDI, NAUI).
    3. Signed BMSC SCUBA Diver Liability Waiver.
    4. Completed BMSC SCUBA Diver Clearance Form.
    5. Evidence of equipment service within the last year (i.e. dated receipt, test certificate or report).
    6. Copy of valid First Aid certification that includes CPR.
    7. Copy of certification for Diver Rescue and Accident Management.
    8. Completed SCUBA Dive Medical Examination Form (will be available upon course acceptance, Summer – March 15, Fall – April 15). Must be completed by a WorkSafe-approved physician with knowledge in diving. Alternatively, a current dive medical examination form from BMSC last summer, PADI, etc.

    Attachments (submit all as PDFs)

    Historical Ecology & Coastal Archaeology (HECA) form
    (*only those students applying for HECA must fill out this form)
    (Optional) Additional Transcript File 1
    (Optional) Additional Transcript File 2
    Letter of accommodation (for students with learning disabilities)
    Doctor's note for students with food allergies/diet restrictions
    AuditingInstructor letter of permission to AUDIT a course.
    **A letter of permission to Audit is NOT required for Science Filmmaking

    Applicant information

    *Required field

    *First name
    *Last name
    *Date of birth (Format YYYY-MM-DD)

    Permanent Address

    Please use an address where you can receive BMSC communications for the foreseeable future

    *Street Address
    Street Address line 2
    Street Address line 3
    *Postal/Zip Code

    Contact info

    *Phone Number (Format: XXX-XXX-XXXX)
    *Email *Must be able to receive attachments
    Alternate Email

    *Your email address is our primary method of contact, and will be used for all course-related communications.
    We occasionally send news to our Alumni: do you wish to keep in touch with what's happening at BMSC?

    Emergency Contact

    *Phone Number (Format: XXX-XXX-XXXX)

    Further information

    Statement of Interest: Tell us why you would like to take a course at BMSC. (Max 200 words)
    *Member university you attend - Students from Non-member universities, please select "University of Victoria".
    Select AUDIT if you plan to Audit a course.
    Non-member university you attend
    *Student ID number
    *Academic standing as of April 29, 2020 (If you have completed your second undergraduate year, you are considered a third year undergraduate)
    *Field of study, including major
    *Please calculate and report your rGPA here (your GPA based on your most recent 20 courses). If you do not have 20 courses yet, report your cGPA based on all of the courses you have taken. Please report your rGPA OUT OF the highest level GPA for your institution (e.g. 2.7 out of 4.0 for UAlberta or 7.8 out of 9.0 for Uvic or 3.0 out of 4.33 for SFU etc.). Alternatively, if your grades are reported in percentage on your transcript, you may report your rGPA as a percent (preferable).
    * Please convert that rGPA (calculated above) into a letter grade based on your institutions grade scheme (For example, at SFU and UA, a 3.05 out of 4.33 is equivalent to a B average; at UC a 2.67 out of 4.0 is equivalent to a C+ average; at UVic a 7.2 out of 9.0 (80-84%) is equivalent to an A- average). You can search your institutions website to find their grade scheme/grade calendar tables. Please report your letter grade average rGPA here.
    *Have you been to BMSC before? Please select all that apply

    No, I have not been to BMSC before
    Yes, Elementary or High School field trip
    Yes, University field trip
    Yes, Other educational or group field trip
    Yes, Previous BMSC summer or fall university course(s)
    Yes, Research/Research assistant

    If past trip selected above, please select year
    Please name the school you came with, and/or courses attended at BMSC
    *How did you learn about BMSC?

    BMSC Website
    Instructor at home university
    Academic advisor at home university
    BMSC Ambassador at home university
    Poster at home university
    Digital display at home university
    Former/current BMSC student
    Social Media (Facebook share or post by friend)

    Other (please specify below)

    Reference Information

    *Name of professor or professional contact who could provide a reference for you and their email address. Your reference may be contacted by our selection committee in some rare cases when choosing applicants. Letters of reference are not required. 
    *University or Institution

    Course Selection

    Course descriptions and dates are available here:


    You can choose to take consecutive courses, however only one course can be taken at a time.

    If you select a six-week course (Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Terrestrial Interactions, or Marine Ecology), please select the course in both relevant date blocks.

    Please select an alternate course if your first choice is unavailable.

    Block I A (May 4 - May 23) B (May 25 - June 12)
    First choice
    Alternate choice
    Block II A (June 15 - July 3) B (July 6 - July 24)
    First choice
    Alternate choice
    Block III A (July 27 - Aug 14) B (Aug 17 - Sep 4)
    First choice
    Alternate choice

    Directed Studies

    Please contact university@bamfieldmsc.com if you wish to take a 3 or 6 week Directed Studies Program.

    Directed Study 3 week:
    Directed Study 6 week:
    Course Selection Comments:If necessary, clarify your course selections. For example, if you only want to take one course, but your first choice is in one block and your second choice in another, you may explain here. PLEASE ALSO INDICATE THE NUMBER OF COURSES YOU HOPE TO TAKE THIS SUMMER (i.e., if you selected multiple course options but only plan to take one, let us know vs. if you are hoping to take all of your first choice courses etc.)


    If you are currently taking the prerequisite course, enter 'TBD'.

    If you do not have the prerequisite, enter 'NO'. If you have the Instructor's permission to apply without the pre-requisite, enter 'YES'.

    If you have taken more than one course that satisfies the pre-requisite, report your highest grade.

    Course Prerequisite
    Marine Invertebrate Zoology 3rd Year in Biology?
    Intro Invertebrate course? (Recommended)
    Subtidal Science 3rd Year in Biology?
    Intro Ecology Course?
    Intro Statistics Course?
    Marine Plankton Ecology 3rd Year in Biology?
    Intro Ecology Course?
    Intro Statistics Course?
    Marine Terrestrial Interactions 3rd year Biology?
    Intro Statistics Course? (Recommended)
    Conservation Biology 1st year Biology?
    Intro Ecology Course?
    Life-History Strategies of Marine Organisms 3rd year Biology?
    Intro Ecology Course?
    Crustacean Biology 1st year Biology?
    Science Filmmaking 3rd year standing?
    Marine Ecology Intro Statistics Courses?
    Intro Ecology Courses?
    In Pursuit of the Whale 1 upper-level English course?
    OR Graduate student?
    Place-Based Learning in Huu-ay-aht Territory Undergraduate student?
    One-year after degree B.Ed. program?
    Graduate Student?
    Practicing/certified teacher?
    Historical Ecology & Coastal Archaeology 3rd Year Standing?
    OR Graduate Student?
    Intro Archaeology Course?
    Environmental Law and Sustainability Upper-year Environmental Policy Course or Upper-year Environmental Law Course?

    Boat Use

    University Program students are given the opportunity to operate a 14ft outboard boat as part of their courses at BMSC.

    Boat use is optional for: Student boat driving is optional but unlikely for:
    • Marine Invertebrate Zoology
    • Subtidal Science
    • Plankton Ecology
    • Marine Terrestrial Interactions
    • Crustacean Biology
    • Life-History Strategies of Marine Organisms
    • Scientific Filmmaking
    • Marine Ecology
    • Historical Ecology & Coastal Archaeology
    • Conservation Biology
    • In Pursuit of the Whale
    • Place-Based Learning in Huuayaht Territory
    • Environmental Law & Sustainability

    All boat operators must have the following before coming to BMSC:

    1. Pleasure Craft Operator's Card (PCOC); and
    2. Two-day First Aid certificate recognized by a province or territory (e.g. Red Cross, St. John’s)(see here)

    Boating experience is recommended but not necessary. You will be required to present your First Aid and PCOC certifications prior to using BMSC boats. Training is provided on the first day of class. Students will be given the opportunity to practice their skills prior to being given permission to take the boats outside the inlet.

    • Do you wish to operate boats? YesNo


    If you are applying to take Subtidal Science or if you intend to dive at BMSC please consult the BMSC website on qualifying as a Scientific Diver at BMSC. The following list of equipment is REQUIRED. If you cannot fulfill this list, please explain your situation in the text box below.

    1. Mask, snorkel, fins
    2. Dry suit (MANDATORY)
    3. Hood, boots, gloves
    4. Weight system
    5. Buoyancy compensator with low pressure inflator
    6. Regulator
    7. Alternate air source
    8. Submersible pressure gauge
    9. Underwater compass
    10. Bottom timer (i.e. dive watch)
    11. Primary dive light
    12. Back-up dive light
    13. Dive knife
    14. TWO emergency signal devices - one audible, one visual
    15. Small gear bag (i.e. mesh goody bag)
    16. Logbook (minimum 12 dives in 12 months prior to arrival)
    17. NOTE: BMSC will supply you with SCUBA tanks
    Do you plan to use SCUBA? YesNo

    Scuba Equipment special notes

    Please explain your circumstances if you are unable to bring all equipment listed above:


    Note: Students will be housed in a co-ed dormitory in shared, same-gender rooms.

    *Gender (for housing assignment)
    Housing comments (e.g. name of preferred roommate etc.):

    Dietary preferences

    Meals always include a meat option and a vegetarian option. BMSC is equipped to accommodate vegetarian/vegan diets. To help us determine how much food to order and prepare, please indicate your preferences below. If you indicate that you eat meat, you will be expected to take the meat option for all meals. You can change this option at a later time.

    *Dietary Preferences

    Dietary Restrictions

    Please list any allergies or dietary restrictions. Due to the high number of dietary restrictions received from students in recent years, BMSC may request specific dietary restrictions be accompanied by a note from a doctor. All dietary restrictions can be changed at a later date. We are unable to support life-threatening anaphylactic airborne allergies.

    List dietary sensitivities or allergies:

    Pertinent Medical Conditions

    Bamfield is remote. It has a clinic with a small medical dispensary, staffed by a nurse. The closest doctor and hospital are in Port Alberni, two hours away by road. In the event of an emergency, evacuations by boat/helicopter are possible and dependent on weather. For these reasons, BMSC takes its students’ medical conditions very seriously. Please share any pertinent, pre-existing medical conditions. This information is treated as confidential and will not be considered during the application process; it will be disclosed to BMSC First Aid officers and instructional staff during your course. The type of information we need includes but is not limited to: Serious allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, mobility issues, hearing impairments, issues with balance, visual impairments, pre-existing injuries, recent surgeries, serious illnesses, and mental health illness.

    List medical conditions:

    After your application is submitted successfully:

    Please call to to pay your application fee by credit card (250-728-3301 ext 216). Alternatively, you may send a cheque, payable to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre:
    University Programs
    Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
    100 Pachena Rd,
    Bamfield, BC Canada,
    V0R 1B0.

    Early bird application fee (before March 1st deadline): $50 CAD
    Application fee (After March 1st deadline): $75 CAD

    We will send you confirmation when your payment is processed and your application is complete. NOTE: if you apply by the deadline and call in to pay your application outside of business hours, your application will still be considered complete. Please leave a voicemail (follow instructions in voicemail message) and we will contact you the next business day with confirmation.