2018 Semester of Immersion

Welcome to The Home Page of the Semester of Immersion!

The Department of Biology is offering students the opportunity to engage in authentic research-based courses in various areas of biology.  Instead of spending the spring term taking a typical 12-credit load with courses meeting two to three times per week, the immersion semester consists of courses that meet daily over 5 weeks, giving you the time and flexibility to get more deeply involved in the subject. You can choose to go to cool field sites or immerse yourself in a molecular lab. You will produce and analyze real data, and have a lot of fun doing actual research!

The immersion courses count toward core degree requirements in the Botany, Zoology, and Marine Science programs and as Additional Life Science electives for Biology majors.

For many of the courses, it is possible to take traditional face-to-face and online courses while taking one or more of the Immersion courses. Please contact the Biology Major Program assistant, at biology-major@ufl.edu for more information.

In order to enroll in the Semester of Immersion, you must first complete a short application. Please follow a link to the application: here!

There are TWO Application deadlines: 

  1. For International Courses (Invertebrate Biodiversity on Coral Reefs and Marine Ecology): due 11:59pm, October. 2nd  
  2. For all other course:  due by 11.59pm, November 17th

Spring 2018 Features 9 courses

This slate of courses includes both field and laboratory intensive experiences using a wide array of research approaches such field observation, sample collection and processing, DNA extraction, protein analysis, as well as the analytic tools you need to draw conclusions from the data you collect. Explore each course to learn what it entails! You can find course details by either clicking the course name below, or selecting the course on the left sidebar list.

Enroll for one, two or three courses, but no more than one from each session:

Session 1: January 8 – February 9 



Invertebrate Biodiversity on Coral Reefs


Session 2: February 12 – March 23

Desert Biodiversity

Molecular and Genetic responses to environmental stress

marine ecology


Session 3: March 26 – April 25

treetop biodiversity

phage genomics


In order to register for the program, you must complete a short application: link HERE