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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi
Program Director:
Sakaguchi, Donald, Serb, Jeanne
Cumulative GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: Spanish Online Course Catalog Available: No
Iowa State
ISU Course:
BIOL 394 A, BIOL 394 B
Program Description:


Informational Meetings:
September 30, Weds., 5:10pm-6pm in 119 Science II
October 8, Thurs., 5:10pm-6pm in 119 Science II
October 21, Weds., 5pm-6:30pm CALS Study Abroad Fair in the Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall


 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.

 394 ISU Group


Tentative Travel Itinerary

Saturday, March 12
AM departure from Des Moines airport.
PM arrival on Roatan, clear customs, transfer to Hotel, orientation and check in.

Sunday, March 13
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
8:00 Orientation to RIMS
8:30 checkout equipment/dive at dive dock
9:30 Reef dive/snorkel - White Hole/PADI Referral students start check out dives (O/W dives 1 and 2)
12:00- 2:00 Lunch
2:30 Dive/Snorkel
5:00 Coral Reef Ecology and ID Lecture and Slide show: Jennifer Keck (Education Coordinator and Marine Biologist at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences)
7:00-9:00 Dinner

Monday, March 14
7:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30 Dive/Snorkel/ PADI Referral students check out dive 3 and 4 (South side of Roatan)
12:00-2:00 Lunch
2:30 Dive/Snorkel/ PADI Referral students check out dive 4
4:30 Reef Fish ID Lecture and Slide show: Jennifer Check
6:00-10:00 BBQ on Key

Tuesday, March 15
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
8:30 SCUBA dive/snorkel
12:00-2:00 Lunch
12:00 Dolphin Swim (8 people)
2:30 Dive/Snorkel
4:30 Dolphin Lecture 1 (Introduction, evolution anatomy and physiology: RIMS classroom: Jennifer Keck)
7:00-9:00 Dinner

Wednesday, March 16
7:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30 Dive/Snorkel (Key Hole) -projects
11:00 Rocky Intertidal at Western tip
11:00-2:00 Picnic lunch at Tabyiana beach/snorkeling
2:00 Dive/Snorkel (West End wall #4) -projects
7:00-9:00 Dinner

Thursday, March 17
7:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30 Dive/Snorkel (Peter's Place) REEF fish survey
1:00-2:00 Lunch
12:00 Dolphin Swim (8 people)
2:30 Dive/Snorkel- Pillar Reef Transect point survey of coral reef substrate.
4:30-6:00 Dolphin lecture 2 (Intelligence, training: RIMS classroom: Jennifer Keck)
6:00 Night Dive
7:00-9:00 Dinner

Friday, March 18
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Dive/Snorkel- Wreck of the El Aguila (The Eagle)
11:00-12:30 Man -O-War Key mangrove and lagoon snorkel
12:00-2:00 Lunch - BBQ on Key
3:00 Coral Reef Survey pilot study:
3:30 Student Presentations:
4:30-5:30 Dolphin lecture 3 (Conservation issues: RIMS classroom: Jennifer Keck)
5:30 Student Presentations
7:00-9:00 Dinner

Saturday, March 19
6:00 Breakfast
7:00 Depart AKR for Roatan airport

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.

Minimum 2.0 GPA.
SCUBA certification is NOT a requirement.
There will be an interview with program directors as part of the selection process.

Program Cost Description:

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

Out of Pocket Personal Cost - In addition to the above costs that are not included in the program fee, you will also have the following out of pocket personal cost:

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 ); 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.

Bailey's Key Dolphins

This program is currently not accepting applications.