Course: BIOL 321, Special Topics in Field Biology (three credits)
Prerequisite: One semester of college-level Biology
Instructor: Amy Blair, Assistant Professor of Biology
Dates: May 19 - June 8, 2014
Primary Location: Quito, Cuenca and the Pacific Coast in Ecuador
Price: $5,518 (tentative)
This international study abroad course is designed to give students broad exposure to the biology of the tropics. Ecuador is an ideal location for such a course because of the incredible number of unique habitat types and immense biological diversity. During the course, students will spend time in different regions of Ecuador, exploring and learning about tropical cloud forests, tropical rainforests, the páramo, dry tropical forests, and mangroves. The course ends on the Pacific Coast, where students will learn about the unique ecosystem and organisms that inhabit this region. During the course, students will design and conduct biological research in tropical habitats. Additionally, students will experience and learn about the kind people and vibrant culture of Ecuador by, for example, visiting local markets, participating in a day of service, and traveling to a cacao farm.
Complete the online application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education by December 15.