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Courses & Training

  • For-Credit Courses

    Scientific Diving

    For-credit undergraduate (BSC 4473C, 3 credits) and graduate (OCB 6927C, 2 credits) scientific diving classes are offered in conjunction with the Environmental Health and Safety workplace scientific diving program. Each class section combines graduate and undergraduates taking the class for credit with professionals receiving the training for workplace safety reasons.

    Learn more about scientific diving courses

    Sea Level Solutions Interdisciplinary Research & Design Studio

    This course provides an innovative and creative platform to work collaboratively across disciplines to design and produce sea level solutions that are at once functional and visionary in their approach, in addition to serving as a model for our region and beyond. Faculty from multiple FIU colleges are among instructors and will provide weekly lectures (open to the public), training and analytical tools.

    The studio will pay particular attention to infrastructural solutions that are concurrently functional, aesthetic, and contextual in their design approach. Students will be expected to deliver projects that are formally resolved in macro and micro scales, and will conduct research and analysis, site investigation, mapping and interpretation of the existing context. They will carry out studies aimed at exposing important site qualities and relationships. Ideas will be discussed in the form of desk crits and formal reviews, with special emphasis on frequent, in-class pinups and interdisciplinary group work.

    For more information on this course, read the 2018 Studio Book or contact Dr. Tiffany Troxler.

    News Visualization

    VIC 4001 News Visualization is an intermediate course in visual storytelling and news visualization for journalism students. Students create infographics, produce Web videos, learn the foundations of Web publishing in HTML5/CSS3 with JavaScript integration and produce sophisticated longform digital news stories using multiple media and interactive elements. This class project theme is often related to science, technology and the environment.

    For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Susan Jacobson.

  • Aquarius Courses

    Our Medina Aquarius Program offers training courses in multiple topics related to underwater research, including:

    • Diving medical technician
    • Recompression chamber operation
    • Saturation diving
    • Trauma component of shark handling

    Visit Aquarius Training for information.

  • Flora & Fauna of the Florida Keys

    This course provides an introduction to natural communities, plants and animals of the Florida Keys. This course consists of ten half-day field trips throughout the Florida Keys examining the fascinating differences between the islands, and how nature is responding to the presence of humans. This course consists of meetings on Saturday mornings at sites scattered along the length of the Florida Keys archipelago. The cost of this class is $299, and includes a field manual. The classes will meet on January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 29; March 7 and 14, 21, 28.

    Participants are asked to also reserve April 4 and 18 as potential "Rain Dates." Note: If you represent a public agency interested in this course for your staff members please contact the course's instructor directly.

    To learn more about this course, please email Jim Duquesnel at

    Register for Florida & Fauna of the Florida Keys


  • Expedition Ocean

    Based on the work conducted at Aquarius Reef Base, we let students and teachers be a part of real-world science through activity-based lessons and unique experiential opportunities.

    Explore Expedition Ocean

  • Florida Keys & Me

    Being a student in the Florida Keys means being surrounded by Everglades National Park, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Florida Bay. In other words, there is no shortage of nature, outdoor activities or diverse ecosystems. Learning to live in balance with these fragile habitats so that the resources they provide will continue to flourish is a big part of living in the Florida Keys, requiring a more in-depth approach to outdoor activities.

    Through three different citizen science platforms, students collect data at a site that will contribute to their knowledge of the natural world, their desire to be involved and their ability to take charge. Projects within the Florida Keys & Me program are grade-specific (3-12).

    The topics and citizen science projects are:

    • Marine Debris (Grades 3-5): Scientific beach clean-ups using the NOAA Marine Debris collection platform (Location depending on day of field lab, normally Plantation Key Hammock Preserve)
    • Water Quality (Grades 6-8): Water quality testing using the Florida Keys Water Watch and Microplastic Awareness Project platforms (Green Turtle Hammock Preserve)
    • Species Identification (Grades 9-12): Biodiversity tracking, species list creation and invasive species removal using the iNaturalist application (Green Turtle Hammock Preserve)

    Programs are grade-specific but can altered on request for different grade levels. All field labs take place in Islamorada in collaboration with the City of Islamorada. Field labs are available for up to 30 students at a time.

    If you are interested in this field lab, please contact Analisa Duran.

    The program is grant funded through May of 2020.

  • NOAA Planet Stewards: No Debris for Me!

    The goal of this program is to educate students on what marine debris is, the impacts it has on the environment and what they can do in their community to combat the issue. This program is funded by the NOAA Planet Stewards Program and is free for fifth-grade Title I schools. Field labs are for up to 30 students per program.

    The program is be completed over a month includes:

    • Outreach to your class about marine debris
    • Bus costs and field lab to conduct a scientific shoreline cleanup
    • Follow-up lesson plans correlated to the Florida Standards of Education and the Next Generation Science Standards

    If you are interested in this program, please contact Analisa Duran.

    The program is grant funded through May of 2020.


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