UP 2018 Summer Application Form

Now accepting applications for Summer 2018 courses

  • Summer Application Deadline: March 1, 2018, to be eligible for scholarships.
  • *Place-Based Learning Application deadline is March 31, 2018
  • We are still accepting applications for summer courses. 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. A brief statement of interest (max 300 words) explaining the appropriateness of the requested course(s) to your own professional development. If you are applying for more than one course, you may choose to submit a customized statement for each.
3. 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 THIS FORM

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

Directed Studies: 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.

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

To use SCUBA during University Program courses:

Contact the Dive & Safety Officer if you wish to use SCUBA in your course. The following MUST be submitted to the University Programs office by students wishing to take the BMSC Scientific Diving course and/or use SCUBA during another BMSC course:

  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.


Statement of Interest
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 restictions
Instructor letter of permission to AUDIT a course.

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

Emergency Contact

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

Further information

*Member university you attend Non-member university students select University of Victoria
Non-member university you attend
*Student ID number
*Academic standing as of May 1st, 2018 (If you have completed your second undergraduate year, you are considered a third year undergraduate)
*Field of study, including major
*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 who will recommend you

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 (April 30 - May 18) B (May 22 - June 8)
First choice
Alternate choice
Block II A (June 11 - June 29) B (July 3 - July 20)
First choice
Alternate choice
Block III A (July 23 - Aug 10) B (Aug 13 - Aug 31)
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.


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)
Biological Oceanography 1st Year in Biology?
Intro Ecology Course?
Subtidal Science 3rd Year in Biology?
Intro Ecology Course?
Intro Statistics Course?
Science Journalism 3rd year standing?
Conservation Biology 1st year Biology?
Intro Ecology Course?
In Pursuit of the Whale 1 upper-level English course?
OR Graduate student?
Crustacean Biology 1st year Biology?
Marine Terrestrial Interactions 3rd year Biology?
Intro Statistics Course? (Recommended)
Marine Ecology Intro Statistics Courses?
Intro Ecology Courses?
Acoustic Ethnography 3rd Year standing?
OR Graduate Student?
Intro Anthropology Course?
Field Mycology 3rd Year in Biology?
Intro Biology Course?
Historical Ecology & Coastal Archaeology 3rd Year Standing?
OR Graduate Student?
Intro Archaeology Course?
Place-Based Learning in Huu-ay-aht Territory Undergraduate student?
One-year after degree B.Ed. program?
Graduate Student?
Practicing/certified teacher?

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 recommended for: Boat use is NOT recommended for:
  • Marine Invertebrate Zoology
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Conservation Biology
  • Crustacean Biology
  • Marine Ecology (strongly recommended)
  • Historical Ecology & Coastal Archaeology
  • Marine-Terrestrial Interactions
  • Subtidal Science
  • Science Journalism
  • In Pursuit of the Whale
  • Acoustic Ethnography
  • Place-Based Learning in Huu-ay-aht Territory
  • Field Mycology

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; 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.

  1. Do you wish to operate boats? If not, please skip next 2 sections YesNo
  2. I would like to operate boats and presently have the necessary certifications YesNo
  3. I will obtain a PCOC and the necessary First Aid certification prior to arriving at BMSC YesNo
PCOC number
First Aid certification
First Aid expiry date


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
Will you be able to bring all of the equipment listed? YesNo

Scuba Equipment special notes

Please explain your circumstances if you were unable to answer 'Yes' above


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

*Gender (for housing assignment)
Housing comments (ie name of preferred roomate):

Dietary preferences

Meals always include a meat option and a vegetarian option. To help us determine how much food to order and prepare, please indicate your preferences below. If you indicate that you eat chicken, you will be expected to take the meat option when chicken is served.

I include meat in my diet (please select from the following list)

Beef? YesNo
Pork? YesNo
Chicken? YesNo
Fish? YesNo

I am vegetarian (please select options from the following list)

Milk? YesNo
Eggs? YesNo

BMSC is equipped to accommodate vegetarian/vegan diets. Due to the high number of dietary restrictions received from students in recent years, specific dietary restrictions should be accompanied by a note from a doctor.

List all 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.

To finish your application please confirm that you are not a robot trying to secretly attend BMSC