Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA)

Earn your course credits Shedd style, and join a network of experts! These college courses will maximize your professional goals and feature real-world research and access to 32,000 animals.

For more course information, contact Rebecca Gericke at 312-692-2744 or email her

Here are two upcoming opportunities:

Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA)

Shedd’s animals, staff and field research programs become a resource for your biology study. These classes are held with both in-person facilitators and via distance-learning technology.

To take this course, you must be a student of Aurora University, Benedictine University, Concordia University, Dominican University, Elmhurst College, Judson College, Lewis University, North Central College, North Park University, Olivet Nazarene University, St. Xavier University, Trinity Christian College, Trinity International University, University of St. Francis, or Wheaton College.

ACCA and Lake Forest College: Marine Island Ecology

ACCA schools and Lake Forest College students, in conjunction with Shedd Aquarium, sponsor a 4-credit course to connect in-class concepts to field study.

Discover how oceanography and water chemistry affect marine habitats and island environments. Develop identification techniques for fishes, reptiles, plants and invertebrates while gaining knowledge of field research. Then board Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II, for a nine-day Bahamas field experience, studying tropical marine and island flora and fauna and surveying marine and terrestrial communities of the Exuma Islands.

Educators can earn continuing education graduate credits in STEM subjects or environmental science.