UP 2019 Fall Program Application Form

    Apply for Fall 2019

    Student Application Procedure


    1. One set of transcripts for all post-secondary academic activities (official or unofficial).
    2. A brief statement of interest (max 300 words submitted as PDF) 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.

    Questions may be directed to University Programs
    Email:university@bamfieldmsc.com Phone: 250-728-3301 Ext 216

    The Director of BMSC has final authority in accepting students for courses.

    On-line Application Form

    • Fall Application Deadline: March 31, 2019
    • Student applications received past the application deadline will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis

    Attachments (please attach all in PDF format)

    Statement of Interest
    (Optional) Additional Transcript File 1
    (Optional) Additional Transcript File 2
    Letter of accommodation (for students with learning disabilites)
    Doctor's note for students with food allergies/diet restictions

    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 - Students from Non-member universities, please 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
    *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.).
    *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

    Recommended or Required Courses

    If you are currently taking a prerequisite course, select 'TBD'.

    Prerequisites University? Course Title Course Code Grade
    Ecology (REQUIRED)
    Statistics (REQUIRED)
    Invertebrate Biology (Recommended)
    Non-Vascular Plants (Recommended)

    Boat Use

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

    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 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 (e.g. name of preferred roommate etc.):

    *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 meat, you will be expected to take the meat option for all meals. You can change this option at a later time.

    *Dietary Preferences

    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. An example of an exception: if you eat meat but can not eat pork (e.g. for religious reasons), please mention that here.

    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.

    Once your application is submitted successfully:

    Please call to to pay your $50 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.

    We will send you confirmation when your payment is processed and your application is complete.