College Courses

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Our college courses will help you maximize your professional goals. They feature real-world research and access to more than 32,500 animals. The world becomes your classroom when you study Marine and Island Ecology in the Bahamas or connect with peers via distance-learning programs.

Earn your course credits in Shedd style.

Educators can earn continuing education graduate credits in S.T.E.M. subjects or environmental science. Visit Educator Professional Development for information regarding university partners and upcoming programs. 

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. 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 and 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.

Next class takes place in spring 2014.

For more course information, contact Rebecca Gericke at 312-692-2744 or e-mail

Western Illinois University Graduate Program
Western Illinois University comes to Shedd with its graduate certificate in zoo and aquarium studies, masters in biological sciences, or masters in arts and sciences. All participants, degree-seeking or otherwise, must register with WIU and pay WIU tuition in addition to Shedd Aquarium fees. Students may register using the WIU automated registration system (Tele Stars) from a touch-tone phone by calling 309-298-5000.

Download the course description of the graduate certificate in zoo and aquarium studies or download frequently asked questions about the program. 

Visit WIU Department of Biological Sciences for general information, certificate program courses, and information on the Quad Cities campus.

Programs for adults

Shedd experiences don’t stop in the classroom, grab a friend and enjoy some aquatic excitement.

Member Discounts

Discounts on many educational programs and classes is just one of the great perks of Shedd membership. Become a member today!

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