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You can fit study abroad into your Uni study plan in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics! Take classes overseas on a short-term study program to fulfil your academic requirements. From exploring tropical marine biology to computer science, or animal studies to sustainable development – we've got options!
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COURSE: ENV 3044
CREDITS: 15 credit points / 60 contact hours

Students will learn about the interactions between earth and land and how these interactions or processes affect our life and the stability of the planet. Emphasis will be given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems such as: tropical rain forests, cloud forests, coral reefs and mangroves. Field trips to selected environments will provide on-site examples of some of the issues learned through classwork and readings. All field trips are mandatory.

COURSE: ENV 3190J
CREDITS: 6 US credits / 80 contact hours

Prerequisite: General Biology.

This course is aimed to highlight the importance of tropical marine biology to study the biology and the interaction of marine species that we will discovery in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Marine ecosystems of the eastern tropical Pacific provide a baseline source for species of high commercial interest in satisfying humans demand for food worldwide. However, numerous marine species are threatened by unsustainable human activities, such as overfishing and habitat destruction. We will develop a critical understanding of concepts and application in Marine Biology, where the students will also be introduced to a wide range of practical activities by visiting field stations and natural laboratories in Costa Rica.

COURSE: CAS BI 407
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 2

Prereq: (CAS BI 107).

Ethological approach to animal behavior; physiological, ontogenic, and phylogenic causes; and adaptive significance of behavior examined within an evolutionary framework, minimally including humans. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory.

There is an additional USD $200 lab fee for this course.

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COURSE: EPS SCI 15
CREDITS: 5 US credits

General introduction to geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes and history of Earth’s global ocean system.

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COURSE: ENV3160
CREDITS: 4 US credits / 60 contact hours

This course aims to highlight the importance of conservation biology in managing endangered marine species, emphasising recent conservation efforts for umbrella species such as sea turtles and sharks in the Pacific waters bordering Costa Rica. Marine ecosystems of the eastern tropical Pacific provide a baseline for species of high commercial interest that meet the global demand for food.

However, several marine species are threatened by unsustainable human activities such as overfishing and the destruction of habitat. We will develop a critical understanding of conservation biology, emphasising the general concept of biodiversity and examining present-day case studies that focus on scientific investigations to answer critical aspects of the history of life, recovery programs, species management, community conservation and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Students will also be introduced to a wide range of practical activities by visiting field stations and “natural laboratories” throughout Costa Rica.

COURSE: ENV3170
CREDITS: 4 US credits / 60 contact hours

Water is a vital resource for human beings, but it is a limited resource that have been degraded and the demand for this resource is growing. Freshwater ecology, also known as limnology, is a course to help us understand the physical, chemical and biological properties of inland aquatic environments (wetlands, lakes, rivers, mangroves, and reservoirs). It aims to give emphasis to the problems and conservation efforts for water resources, for that we will learn methods for monitoring aquatic environments with field trips and laboratory work.

It is recommended, but not required, that students complete a basic biology course prior to entering this course.

COURSE: ENV3120
CREDITS: 4 US credits / 60 contact hours

This course is an introduction to the zoology of terrestrial vertebrates in Costa Rica. Students will gain knowledge of various biological characteristics of the groups of land chordates in the country. Costa Rica has an immensely rich animal biodiversity, with an influence of both North American and South American fauna, and is a world renowned hot spot for animal research and conservation. Emphasis will be given to the study of Costa Rican species, but others will be discussed as well.

COURSE: ENV3020
CREDITS: 4 US credits / 60 contact hours

The use of molecular biological approaches has revolutionized marine science research over the last decades. Therefore, these approaches offer extraordinary potential to address ecological questions in the marine realm, ranging from the identification of species to the understanding of the connectivity among populations. This course is focus in the use of molecular markers base on the mitochondrial and nuclear DNA to highlight the importance of conservation genetics and global-scale implications to manage endangered marine species. Hang on activities and lectures will be run in the Biomolecular lab (BIOMOL) from the CPI. In addition, the students will experience activities in the field to understand some controversial conservation issues related to keystone and endangered marine species in Costa Rica, such as sea turtles and sharks, collecting tissues samples and performing practical activities in the lab for DNA extractions, PCRs, electrophoresis, and the introduction to bioinformatics analyses.

COURSE: ENV3100
CREDITS: 4 US credits / 60 contact hours

This course provides an introduction to the main topics of ornithology, with an emphasis on neotropical avifauna. Major topics include the unique features that make neotropical avifauna a highlight of bird studies, including its evolutionary relationships, the extremely high species diversity of the neotropics, and the natural history of Costa Rican birds. With more than 900 bird species, Costa Rica provides a unique introduction to Neotropical ornithology and birding.

Two field trips will introduce the main bird groups present in Costa Rica, their behaviour, and the skills needed to identify them.

COURSE: ENV3044
CREDITS: 4 US credits / 60 contact hours

In this course, students will learn about the interactions between earth and land, and how these processes affect our lives and the stability of our planet. Emphasis will be given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems, such as tropical rain forests, cloud forests, coral reefs and mangroves. Field trips to selected environments will provide on-site examples of some of the issues we learn about through class work and readings. All field trips are Mandatory.

It is recommended, but not required, that students complete a basic biology course prior to entering this course.

COURSE: ENV3190
CREDITS: 4 US credits / 60 contact hours

This course studies the balance between ecosystems and the human stress and demands that are placed on the constantly changing marine environment. All field trips are mandatory.

For a $100 additional fee, certified divers may complete 2 immersions during each field trip (4 total).

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