Field Biology Quarter

MBQ Spring 2019 - Moorea, French Polynesia

Instructors: Dr. Peggy Fong, Dr. David Jacobs

The Marine Biology Quarter (MBQ) is a field program that gives advanced undergraduates an opportunity to gain intimate and first hand knowledge of marine communities, their constituents and their structure. It is also designed as a real world training experience in devising and carrying through to completion scientific research projects in marine biology.

Four 4-unit courses (16 units total) will be taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, located in Moorea, French Polynesia.

Instructors: Dr. Peggy Fong and Dr. David Jacobs

Spring Quarter 2019 MBQ Courses will include:*

EE BIOL106: Experimental Marine Invertebrate Biology

EE BIOL123A: Marine Ecology

EE BIOL124A: Field Ecology

EE BIOL148: Biology of Marine Plants

*Approved students will be enrolled in these courses by the EE BIOL Undergraduate Office.

REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITES (Pre-requisites do not need to be completed prior to applying.)

- Life Sciences 1 or Life Sciences 7B

- EE BIOL 109 – Introduction to Marine Science (offered Summer 2018, Session C and Fall 2018)

- EE BIOL 109L – Introduction to Marine Science Laboratory (offered Summer 2018, Session C and Fall 2018)

- Statistics 13 (or equivalent course)

- Competitive GPA

- Valid passport


Dive certification through UCLA’s dive program recommended but NOT required. Proficiency at snorkeling is vital; we recommend that it is mastered prior to departure, but it can be learned in the field.

Priority consideration will be given to qualified Marine Biology and other EE BIOL majors.


The cost of the MBQ will be the regular quarterly registration fees plus additional fees to cover the cost of room and board and travel ($3500-$4000). Financial aid students may be able to revise their 2018-19 budget and apply for additional funds to cover the cost of the MBQ. If you have a University Housing contract (includes dorms, University Apartments) for the 2018-19 academic year, you will need to contact the UCLA Housing Office to revise your housing agreement for Spring Quarter 2019. Moreover, students with non-University rental and lease agreements will need to make necessary adjustments to their agreements.

The cost of the MBQ ($3500-$4000) will be due on three separate dates (dates TBA)]. If your final payment is not received by the due date, you will not be allowed to participate in the MBQ. More detailed information about the due dates will be forthcoming. Please be aware that the cost of the MBQ is in addition to your regular Spring Quarter 2019 regular quarterly registration fees.

Applications are available at:

Application deadline: THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Applications are to be submitted electronically via the online application. A copy of your Degree Audit Report (DAR) or Degree Progress Report (DPR) should be attached with your application.

Applicants selected for a personal interview will be contacted by the EE BIOL Undergraduate Office.

QUESTIONS? Please contact the EE BIOL Undergraduate Office at