Study at Friday Harbor Labs in Spring Quarter


Spend spring quarter studying in residence at the UW’s marine field station at Friday Harbor Labs.

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  • Explore the marine environment of the Salish Sea where your classroom is a marine preserve, and the boats are just steps away from your dorm.
  • Courses for all levels from introductory marine biology to advanced research apprenticeships.
  • Get to know your teachers with class sizes frequently less than 20 students.

Spring Courses

Courses may be applied to a Minor in Marine Biology. Check with your major adviser to see if they can apply to your major. Application deadline for spring quarter is Feb. 1.

Marine Biology Quarter (select 3-5 courses from the list; 12 cr. minimum)

Students starting their exploration of the marine environment build a schedule of courses from the list below. Full course descriptions.

  • FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250: Marine Biology (5 cr.) no pre-reqs
  • FHL 333: Science Writing for Diverse Audiences (3, 5 cr.) no pre-reqs
  • Q SCI 381: Intro to Probability & Statistics (5 cr.) MATH 120 or placement score required
  • OCEAN 330: Marine Biogeochemical Cycles (5 cr.) pre-req: OCEAN 210; OCEAN 295, BIOL 200 FHL 490: Marine Sciences Seminar (1 cr.) no pre-reqs

Zoo-Bot Quarter (3 courses with optional seminar; 16-17 cr.)

A fixed schedule of three integrated courses, including an individual research project mentored by FHL faculty and instructors. Pre-req: appropriate background in biological sciences and a high interest in solving questions. Full course descriptions.

  • FHL/BIOL 430: Marine Zoology (5 cr.)
  • FHL 440/BIOL 445: Marine Botany (5 cr.)
  • FHL 470: Marine Biology Research (6 cr.)
  • (optional, but recommended) FHL 490: Marine Sciences Seminar (1 cr.)


Spring or summer application deadline: February 1, 2016

Current UW undergraduates only need to submit an online application form and transcript copies.


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Explore FHL


Student profile of Susan Harris (’15) and her experience with FHL


Working and Living at Friday Harbor Labs

Information about the town of Friday Harbor


UW Marine Biology Adviser: Joe Kobayashi:

Friday Harbor Labs Adviser: Stacy Markman: