This course will engage ISU undergraduates in biological and cultural experiences in Belize. Biological learning will be primarily experiential and will include tropical forest and marine ecosystem components and interactions with skilled local guides. Cultural learning will involve interactions with Belizians, including Garafuna people.
3 credits of Biology 394 during Summer 2019
Course Dates: This program will travel in May 2019. There is also a required on-campus pre-departure orientation class during the Spring 2019 semester.
Dr. Tracy Heath, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jordan Satler, email@example.com
Students should have taken coursework in the biological sciences, including ecology or evolution, and plant or animal organismal biology. Students with this background are likely to be juniors or seniors, though exceptional freshman or sophomore students will also be considered. A minimum GPA of 2.5.
Students should possess situational flexibility, capability in the field (including hiking and swimming), group interaction skills, and cultural awareness.
Approximately $3,300.00 - includes: airfare, transportation, lodging, most meals, entrance fees, service fees, CISI required health and emergency insurance.
Out of Pocket Expenses:
$105 study abroad center fee (3224 MU charges this), passport if you don't already have one (about $135), $40 for meals on your own, $200 for incidentals (snacks, souvenirs, etc), ISU summer tuition and fees for 3 credits.
If you are a first time international traveler in CALS, contact Mr. Jodi Cornell firstname.lastname@example.org
; if you have a primary major in LAS, contact Nancy T. Guthrie email@example.com
to find out how to get reimbursed for the cost of your passport.
Day 1: Depart Des Moines for Belize City. Ground transportation to Monkey Bay Lodge. Guided night walk at the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center.
Day 2: Bird watching in the AM. Travel to T.R.E.E.S. Kriol drumming performance.
Day 3: Guided trip to caves at Blue Hole National Park
Day 4: Guided trip to Xuantunich Mayan ruins.
Day 5: Hiking and river swiming at T.R.E.E.S.
Day 6: Introduction to research and conservation projects at T.R.E.E.S.
Day 7: Guided trip to Dandriga/Hopkins, Gulisi Garifuna Museum, musical presentation and Sittee River Bioluminescense Tour.
Day 8: Guided trip to hike Five Blues Lake National Park.
Day 9: Depart T.R.E.E.S. for Belize City and then Calabash Caye Field Station.
Day 10: Introduction to snorkeling coral reef habitats.
Day 11: Coral reef Three Corner Caye exploration.
Day 12: Coral reef inner lagoons snorkeling.
Day 13: Coral reef and mangrove related activities. Sea kayaking.
Day 14: Depart Calabash Caye in the AM for Belize City and then for Des Moines.