Field Marine Biology Quarter

Field Marine Biology Quarter (FMBQ) is a unique capstone experience that combines both aspects of the field biology quarter and marine biology quarter with one faculty being a specialist in the field and the other one in marine.

FMBQ Procedures and Requirements:

  • Consists of 16 upper division units of coursework
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or above recommended
  • Counts as upper division electives in categories 4 and/or 5 for Biology majors
  • Preference are given to Marine Biology Majors, EBE Majors and to other students in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
  • Students in other departments are welcome to apply


Prerequisites for FMBQ usually consist of Life Sciences 7B, EE Biol 100, and Stats 13 (or its equivalent).

Application Process:

Applications are available a year in advance through the EEB Undergraduate CCLE Listserv and the department web site, The selection process takes place at the end of the quarter of application.


The typical cost of the FMBQ includes normal UCLA tuition plus room and board at the same rate as UCLA dorms with a meal plan. If you will be living in the dorms the year you plan to participate in the FMBQ, you will need to cancel your housing contract for the quarter in which the FMBQ is offered (in writing to the Residence Hall’s Assignment Office) and request assignment for the quarter when you return. If you live in an apartment, you might consider subletting your room while you are gone, but be advised that you may not be gone the entire quarter. Please contact the Financial Aid Office, A129J Murphy Hall, 206-0400, to find out if your aid can cover these costs. Scholarship information is available at the Scholarship Resource Center, 233 Covel Commons, 206-2875.

Financial assistance:

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has funds available for financial assistance for students who wish to participate. Please talk with one of the undergraduate counselors about availability of funds and procedure for application for student scholarships.



Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, Mo’orea, French Polynesia

Instructors: Professors Peggy Fong and Daniel T. Blumstein

Winter 2022 Field and Marine Biology Quarter (FMBQ)

The FIELD/MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER (FMBQ) is a field program planned to give advanced undergraduates an opportunity to gain intimate and firsthand knowledge of Mo’orea’s ecosystems by conducting meaningful research in them. Students design their own group projects to study fundamental questions about ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation. This FMBQ satisfies the field quarter requirement for the Marine Biology major and the Ecology, Biology, and Evolution (EBE) major. Qualified students in other majors and departments are welcome to apply.

Four 4-unit courses (16 units total) will be taught partially at UCLA and also in the field at the University of California, Berkeley, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, located in Mo’orea, French Polynesia (

Prerequisites include: EEB 100 and 109.

Strongly encouraged: 100L,109L, 122, and 129. Introductory statistics also encouraged.

Your application will be screened by the faculty and semi-finalists will be interviewed from which we will select finalists and create a back-up list. Need-based financial aid and scholarships are available to offset costs.

COVID-19 issues: The Gump Research Station is currently open and we expect it will be during our class in January/February 2022. If the need persists, our department will have a COVID-management plan that will be developed prior to the class and shared with all participants.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: New due date March 16 at 3PM (PST) 

Application available here: