Panama - BIOL 340 + CORE 240: Tropical Biology
This course focuses on the biological and cultural diversity of the Mesoamerican neotropical realm. The course culminates with a two week field experience in Panama in May. Students will be exposed to both the cultural components of Mesoamerica and the unique aspects of neotropical lowland, dry, and cloud forest ecosystems. The Bocas del Toro archipelago of islands (located on the eastern side of northwestern Panama) presents a unique opportunity for students to experience the “Galapagos of Central America.” Students will be afforded the chance to learn from subject matter experts about native plants, insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds and their significance in these fragile, endangered ecosystems. They will also observe how conservation, management, and ecotourism are balanced with maintaining culture and diversity in this area of the world.
Next Offering: Spring 2022. Estimated Cost: $3300.
Included: Airfare, Accommodations, All Meals, Entrance Fees, Excursions, Ground Transportation, Medical Insurance
Not included: Passport, Spending Money
Meets Core Curriculum requirements: Global Citizenship
Enroll in this course: BIOL 201 AND ETLA 240: Study Abroad Panama (1 credit hour)
Prerequisites: BIOL 201 Organismal Biology; Permission of instructor
Application Deadline: November 1, 2021