Please note that there is currently a US Department of State Travel Warning to Honduras. This program will fly directly from the US to Roatan island and back. The group will NOT be visiting the mainland of Honduras (the area of the travel warning).
This program is specifically designed to provide students with a unique field marine biology experience. The seminar portion of the course involves lectures on coral reef biology. The field trip portion of the course will involve on-site lectures at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) by local experts and extensive diving/snorkeling activities in a variety of marine habitats on the world's second largest barrier reef system. Subject areas appropriate for this course include: Biology, GDCB, EEOB, NREM, BBMB, Marine Biology, Zoology, Genetics, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Premedical Illustration, Life Sciences.
Course Website: Please click here to visit the course website.
Tentative Travel Itinerary
Saturday, March 12
Sunday, March 13
Monday, March 14
Tuesday, March 15
Wednesday, March 16
Thursday, March 17
Friday, March 18
Saturday, March 19
Depart Roatan for the U.S.
Course Credits: 1 credit for pre-trip seminar (BIO 394a), 1 credit for field trip (BIO 394b). Students must enroll in both 394a and b (section HN).
Course Requirements/Selection Criteria:
Students must possess an exceptionally strong desire to learn more about marine environments. Students must have successfully completed at least one year of college-level biology. Students must be very comfortable in an open-water aquatic environment (i.e. extensive marine activities: snorkeling or SCUBA diving). Students must be capable of participating in 2-3 open water activities over the course of 12 hours (each activity requiring 30-75 minutes). If you have questions about these course requirements please contact the course instructors.
The program cost consists of three parts: 1) Program Fee; 2) Other ISU Fees; and 3) Out of Pocket Personal Cost.
Program Fee: Estimated at $3,358.57 (subject to change).
The program fee includes airfare, accommodations and 3 meals daily at Anthony's Key Resort (AKR) (Sat. - Sat.), RIMS marine biology program, two dives/snorkeling daily, one night dive/snorkel, RIMS lectures on coral reef biology and dolphins, educational dolphin platform sessions and dolphin snorkel, trip insurance, tips for baggage handling, housekeeping service, waiters, chefs, divemaster, and boat.
The program fee does not include SCUBA class and materials, SCUBA certification with open-water dives, and rental of SCUBA/snorkeling gear, Roatan departure tax (estimated at $35), vaccinations, immunizations and preventive medicines, and other incidental expenses that you may incur.
Other ISU Fees - 1) $10 program application fee to the Ag Study Abroad office; 2) $105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center
1) passport which costs $135 if you don't already have one (if you are in the College of Ag and Life Sciences, you can stop in 0018 Curtiss to find out how you can be reimbursed for the cost of a passport, or email firstname.lastname@example.org ); 2) CISI required health and emergency insurance, approximately $15; and 3) Other personal costs, meals in airport to/from Roatan, souvenirs, snacks, etc, estimated $200 depending on personal spending habits.
Program fee and the $105 administrative fee will be applied directly to your Ubill in spring 2016.