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  • Baruch Institute

Exploring coastal South Carolina through native fish, shrimp and crabs

Beach, boats and Beyond the Classroom. Spend your Maymester on the warm and sunny coast of South Carolina while fulfilling a Carolina Core Science and an Honors Beyond the Classroom or Natural Science requirement. 

This course is no longer being offered for 2024.

The Class: SCHC 300 H01

*Course counts towards Honors Natural Science OR Beyond the Classroom and Carolina Core SCI requirements.

Students will participate in hands-on field and laboratory activities conducted at the USC Baruch Marine Field Laboratory and be introduced to the ecology and conservation of coastal ecosystems, which will also include marine biology, fisheries and environmental science. In addition to on-site activities at the Baruch Lab, students will participate in boat excursions and engaging off-site expeditions to state and non-profit agencies focused on coastal and estuarine natural resources.
There are no prerequisites for this course, which will primarily focus on estuaries (the tidal mouth of a large river) and the ecologically and economically important species that reside in them.


 The program fee for this experience is $950, which includes:

  • Lodging in a single dorm room at the Baruch Institute
  • Access to world-class research facilities
  • Many meals
  • Hands-on research along the S.C. coast
  • Boat excursions

Other expenses not included:

  • 4-hours USC tuition for the 3-Week Session I (3S3) term.

Please contact the Bursar’s Office for exact costs. Please note that University scholarships traditionally do not cover summer courses. Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions.

  • Any textbooks or course materials
  • Transportation to/from the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory in Georgetown, S.C.
  • Some meals (students will have kitchen access to prepare own meals)
  • Personal expenses

If the program fee associated with this class prevents you from participating in this experience, please provide a statement of financial need. Your statement of need should be no longer than 150 words and sent to Limited funding is available, and decisions will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

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