Ireland Biology Field Experience

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The on-campus portion of the class this spring 2013 semester will be arranged by the professor, with the first class meeting 16 January 2013, 6:30-9:15pm in JST 210.  Students must have applied and been accepted to the program prior to this first meeting.

The field portion of the trip to Ireland will be 13 May - 25 May 2013 (dates subject to change).

The Program

Join Dr. Kristy Halverson as she takes you on a biological field experience unlike no other.

Visit locations such as Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough Monastary, Blarney Castle & Stone, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, and topping it all off with a banquet at the Bunratty Medieval Castle.

Academic Program

Earn 4 credits in BSC 404 (1 hour)/404LCA (3 hours) or 504 (1 hour)/504LCA (3 hours)

Not a biology major? No problem! Students need not be a biology major to enjoy this opportunity. Pack-up your sense of adventure and academic hat, and join the adventure in Ireland.

Become familiar with major Ireland geography, customs, culture and history. Identify and document native flora and fauna biodiversity. Aid in local biological conservation efforts. Participate in service-learning projects and provide well thought-out reflections on the experiences with respect to attitude, behavior, and course content. Experience Irish culture by immersing oneself in local activities. And most importantly, have come craic!


Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA for undergraduates (or consent of the program director)

  • graduate standing for graduate students
  • all students must be in clear academic standing
  • students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings
  • permission of instructor
  • the director of the program and the Director of International Education are responsible for final enrollment decisions


12 night accommodations in Dublin, Kinsale, Derrynane, Bunratty, Doolin, and Galway.


The cost of the program is $3599 for undergraduate credit and $3799 for graduate credit. This price includes tuition*, airfare, housing, some meals, and all entry fees.

(*This cost is based on a student enrolled full-time - 12 to 19 semester hours- at The University of Southern Mississippi in the spring 2013 semester. Any applicants not meeting this requirement would incur an additional tuition cost of $325 for undergraduates and $433 for graduates.)

Note: If adding this class to your spring 2013 schedule puts you over the 19 hour cap, you will be assessed additional fees.

Financial Aid

The Ireland Biology Field Experience program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, Pell Grants, or applicable graduate assistantships. Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact Frances Sudduth at the International Programs Office before requesting a 2012 - 2013 Study Abroad Financial Aid Application from the university's Financial Aid Office.

Application Deadline

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until 25 January 2013, space permitting. Southern Miss will acknowledge receipt of applications and students will be informed of their registration status. The balance of fees will be due on14 February 2013. Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Students may apply at any time prior to the deadline and are urged to apply early.

Cancellations and Refunds

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. Fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if written notification is received prior to 6 February 2013. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The Office of International Programs should be notified of all cancellations. 

Program Director Information

Dr. Kristy Halverson, Director
Department of Biological Sciences
Phone: 601.266.5841