Pre-Registration for Summer 2014 is open!

The UNL School of Biological Sciences offers eight courses at Cedar Point every summer. We also partner with other departments who may offer an additional course or two along with these eight. A few of the courses are taught on a rotation of every other year.

Each Cedar Point session begins with dinner on Sunday night of the first week and ends on Friday afternoon of the third week. Classes at Cedar Point will meet all day Monday-Friday, and may include optional activies on the weekends. All courses are 4 credits. To learn more about a class click on it's title. Our courses are experience based learning with an emphasis on student research projects.

Most students agree that their experience at Cedar Point was very special and that it was a highlight of their educational experience at UNL.

We do create wait lists for courses that are full;

Several of these courses can fill quickly but people change their plans and several spots often open before the class starts. You should enroll early with the Cedar Point office to ensure a spot in the course you want. Enrollments for all courses are first come first served. We will begin enrolling students in November for the following summer. Once summer session enrollment is open in early March the Cedar Point office will give you a permission code to complete your enrollment via MyRed. To provide you with a permission code when they are available we will need a complete application form and payment of the room and board fee (your deposit). 

Where else can you take a UNL course on a beach and still be in Nebraska?


 Summer courses offered at Cedar Point Biological Station in 2014:

Session 1 -- May 18 - June 6

Ornithology BIOS 475/875 John Faaborg -- University of Missouri
Fundamentals of Biology II LIFE 121  (ACE4) William Glider -- UNL

Session 2 -- June 8 - June 27

Herpetology BIOS/NRES 474/874 Dennis Ferraro -- UNL
Field Animal Behavior BIOS 468/868  (ACE10) Daizaburo Shizuka -- UNL
Landscape Photography for
PHOT 161  (ACE7) Allen Morris -- UNL
NSF - EPSCoR Young Nebraska Scientists UNL

Session 3 -- June 29 - July 18

Field Epidemiology BIOS 452/852  (ACE10) Devin Nickol -- UNMC
Comparative Physiology BIOS 422/822  (ACE10) Gwen Bachman -- UNL

Session 4 -- July 20 - Aug 8

Field Parasitology BIOS 487/887  (ACE10) Scott Gardner -- UNL
Ecology and Evolution BIOS 207 Chad Brassil -- UNL

Taking courses at Cedar Point is an excellent value for your tuition dollar. The tuition rate is the same as a campus course, and fees are slightly less. If you feel you may not be able to afford to take a course at Cedar Point, contact the Cedar Point office, to discuss scholarship options to assist covering the room and board fee. In order to be considered for a room and board scholarship you fill in an application form (Word or PDF), have a copy of your transcript sent to us, and get a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. 

Room and Board Scholarship Deadline (early to mid) March.

Students who are not currently enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are always welcome to take courses at Cedar Point Biological Station. If you have not completed an undergraduate degree; you must fill out the Visiting Student Application for Admission in addition to your Cedar Point application. If you have completed a degree or are currently enrolled as a graduate student in another institution you need to apply for admission to the Graduate School. For more information see the Office of Graduate Studies - visiting student. For both undergraduates and graduates enrolled at one of the other University of Nebraska (UNK, UNO, or UNMC) units, you can use the much simpler intercampus enrollment.

How many can I take?

There are two courses running concurrently in each session, and students can earn from 4-16 credit in a summer. With 4 credits covered in 3 weeks, you can of course only take one at a time.

Why take a CPBS Course?

We offer small courses where you get to know not only your fellow classmates, but also your instructor and TA. Interactions with instructors are invaluable in terms of getting to know them and having someone who can provide an excellent letters of recommendation or giving you the opportunity to work in their lab at UNL. Students also enjoy the camp like atmosphere of living in the rustic one room cabins. 


OBFS logo & link

CPBS is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.  

Many member stations post their summer courses with OBFS!
Click to learn more!