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Berry College students have opportunities to experience a variety of exciting learning experiences at off-campus sites. We also encourage our students to study a semester abroad through Berry's Study Abroad Program

International Programs

Costa Rica

Study alongside Dr. Chris Hall or Dr. Martin Cipollini for a three week international program exploring tropical rain forests, swimming in protected Pacific coves, and standing at the edge of volcanos!


An International Study Program, Dr. Bill Davin’s course in Coral Reef Ecology (BIO 482) takes students on an intensive field-oriented excursion to the Roatan Institute of Marine Science in order to provide students with a first-hand investigation of the coral reef biome, including corals, invertebrates, fishes, algae, and rooted macrophytes.


Dr. Bill Davin’s Coral Reef Ecology is a field-oriented marine course designed to familiarize students with the various organisms that inhabit that biome. The field component is conducted on the barrier reef off Ambergris Caye in Belize and involves an extensive amount of time visiting various reef sites.


A field-oriented course  with Dr. Tamie Jovanelly that exposes Berry College students to geologic features that are unseen in Georgia and are only scarcely seen in other parts of the United States including: geothermal springs, glaciers, extensional rift systems, dynamic fault zones, glacial/fluvial/lacustrine sequence stratigraphy, volcanoes (strato, cinder, and composite types), and volcanic features (pillow and pahoehoe lavas, pyroclastic debris).


Italy provides a wealth of geologic diversity and a long history of planning around natural disasters; this course conducted by  Dr. Tamie Jovanelly focuses on the tectonics of Italy, the influence of seismic activity on construction and infrastructure, the formation of volcanic arc complexes, and the history of earthquake and volcanic events through visits to the buried city of Pompeii and day hikes to Mt. Vesuvius and Mt. Etna.


Gulf Coast Research Center

The Berry College biology department is affiliated with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, MS.  Students can take biology courses at this institution for transient credit.  More information about GCRL

Ecological Research Center

The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway is a state-of-the-art 30,000 acre outdoor research laboratory. Ichauway, a field-trip destination for Conservation Biology students, is located in southwest Georgia and contains some of the best remnants of the longleaf pine ecosystem that are found anywhere in the U.S. More information about the Jones Center

Highlands Biological Station

The Highlands Biological Station, located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of southwestern North Carolina, is one of the country's premier biological field stations. Berry students have the opportunity to take summer field-based biology courses at the Station. In addition, several biology courses taught at Berry during the normal academic year use the Highlands Biological Station as a field-trip destination. More information about the Highlands Biological Station

Botany Field Experiences

Field experiences in botany are essential to cultivating the appreciation of the study of plant live. With its 27,000-acre outdoor classroom, Berry College provides abundant opportunities for field studies. Faculty and students make good use of this valuable resource for short-term and long-term original or collaborative research projects and also travel to off-campus learning sites for comparative studies and/or to learn about other sample types not found here.

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