"Hands-on" doesn't fully capture the type of learning that happens up north. Itasca is a living laboratory and learning community. Students come up north for a truly immersive experience.
You won’t just learn what mammologists (people who study mammals), mycologists (people who study fungi), or animal behaviorists (that one is easy to guess) do… you’ll do what they do on a daily basis. You’ll set traps, key out samples, and design experiments, all with the guidance of supportive faculty mentors and peers.
Have questions about the experience up north? Attend the Information Session on February 16 at 6pm. You can join online (Join via Zoom) or in-person at 105 Cargill on Saint Paul Campus. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to email IBSL@umn.edu.
- Registration opens for UMN students February 23
- Registration opens for non-UMN students March 2 (Learn how to register)
2023 Field Courses
2023 Course Costs*
Room & Board (students incur one room & board charge regardless of concurrent registration in multiple Itasca courses)
- 3-week courses — $796
- 5-week courses — $1344
Tuition & Fees
- UMN Tuition — Check the OneStop tuition page to determine your UMN tuition rate
- Registration fees — Check the OneStop fees page for other UMN registration fees
- Transportation fee — $50 (per course)
- Lab materials fee — $88 (per course)
*Scholarships are available to students to cover the costs of Itasca field biology courses.
As a University of Minnesota field station, we follow all University COVID-19 policies as it relates to housing, dining and classrooms. All University of Minnesota students enrolled online or in person (including all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and Post Secondary Enrollment Option) were asked to complete this Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form by Oct. 8, 2021. We anticipate formal guidance for the summer 2022 courses to come in the spring of 2022.
IBSL staff will continue to be in close contact with Collegiate and University leadership to ensure the safety of students and faculty during field courses. If you have any specific questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email IBSL@umn.edu.