Belize - ENVS 350: Environment & Sustainability
Belize is a stable, English speaking democracy on the Caribbean coast of Central America. It has extensive areas of tropical forest, many Mayan cultural and archeological sites, and the second longest barrier reef system in the world.
This course focuses on environmental challenges and the sustainable utilization of natural resources in a developing country. Offered in the spring semester, students study the geology, climate, landscape, and rich biodiversity of Belize both on campus and abroad. The program includes visits to wildlife reserves, where students identify monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles and manatees on hikes led by local Mayan guides. Students also collect and analyze river water samples to examine the impact of a conventional banana farm and participate in a service learning project. We spend three days snorkeling on one of the world’s great barrier reefs, to study the impact of fisheries, tourism, and climate change. The trip concludes at a Mayan site, where students climb the ancient temple at Xunantunich.
Next Offering: Spring 2019. Cost: $3500.