Field Course Category B: Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology Modules


All Ontario Universities teach 2-week field courses that are worth 3 credits.  These courses happen in different places than the field courses offered by York University.  For many years Ontario universities have worked together to offer students from different universities places on each other’s field courses, through the Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology (OUPFB).  By doing this we can offer you a wider choice of field courses.

The range of field courses for the following academic year (April – February) is finalized by the Ontario Universities field course consortium in December of the current academic year.  The availability of places on these diverse courses is released to York University students and students at all participating universities in January of the current academic year.  The early deadline for enrolling the OUPFB courses is some time in early February (exact date is announced annually).

Upon registration, students are required to pay a deposit of $350 to hold their place in the course module.  Logistical arrangements are made based on this early student enrolment.  Places fill up quickly, although, you may be able to find a place in an OUPFB field course later in the academic year.  York University contributes a course to this program each year, and we reserve places for our own students in this one course.  While you may be able to register for the York University OUPFB field course later in the winter term, you should be aware that we may be asked to open unused spaces that we have reserved for York University students, to other OUPFB student applicants if there is demand for them.

When you take a field course module from another Ontario university through the Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology (OUPFB) you will earn credits towards your York University degree. The participating universities in OUPFB are:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • Wilfred Laurier University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Windsor
  • York University – We have a new course in 2018 at Glendon College!

Each year, 20-30 different field course modules are available to York U students in locations around the world, on a wide diversity of ecology topics. This is a fabulous opportunity for biology students to travel to field sites outside the Toronto area, and to interact with professors and students from other Ontario universities.