Biological Sciences

Study Abroad

Since 1999, the Department of Biological Sciences has taken 31 groups of students to the tropics to study biology, culture and history.  Starting in Jamaica, the program expanded to include Panama, Belize, Peru and Ecuador, and one trip to Egypt.  Currently, two summer study abroad courses are offered.  Tropical Marine Biology takes students to Belize, where they live at a marine biology laboratory and study the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world. They also study human ecology on a small island, and travel inland to experience Mayan archaeological sites and tropical forests.  Neotropical Ecology takes students to Peru and Ecuador, where they live on a ship and visit the Galapagos Islands, and also visit a variety of mainland locations, including Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lima, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and Quito. Substantial financial aid is available to assist with travel costs. 

Students on a boat observing whales

Whale watching, Galapagos Islands

Students visiting ancient ruins

Ruins at Tikal, Guatemala

Students on a sailboat in Belize

On the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Belize

Students at Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Student riding a horse in Panama

Headed to the cloud forest, Darien Province, Panama

Students visiting Egypt

Abu Simbel, Egypt

Students at Isla Bartholome

Isla Bartholome, Galapagos

View of the Caribbean Coast

Caribbean Coast, Panama