Biology Summer, Winter and Over Break Courses

2018-2019 OFFERINGS

BIOL 265/266 Anatomy & Physiology I & II Lec/Lab will tentatively be offered during Summer Session I/II 2019 with Mr. Joshua Baecker.

  • BIOL 265 -01 MTWR 900am-1110am in ISC 137 Session I
  • BIOL 265-02 MTR 1200pm-250pm in ISC 202 Session I
  • BIOL 266-01 MTWR 900am-1110am in ISC 137 Session II
  • BIOL 266-02 MTR 1200pm-250pm in ISC 202 Session II
BIOL 314 Biodiversity of Belize will be offered in Belize by Ms. Regina Clinton during Winter Session December 28, 2017-January 9, 2018.  Application deadline is October 1, 2017.  This course will look at the biotic and abiotic factors affecting the biodiversity of Belize.  We will examine a variety of organisms, focusing on those that are most observable (common vertebrates, insects and plants).  Students will learn about specific organisms and understand how their structure, physiology, and behavior affect their distribution and diversity within the region.  We will explore wet, tropical forest and marine environments, including mangrove swamps and coral reefs of Belize.  Through observations, group discussions, group and individual assignments, students will:  develop an appreciation for diversity of life and the intricate interactions of different organisms in different ecosystems, develop an understanding of the factors controlling biodiversity and human influences on biodiversity of a region, summarize the results of published studies of tropical ecology, judge the study's merits, and guide classmates in discussion of the study and participate in development and execution of experiments in small groups and as a class.  Prerequisites:  BIOL 203 or permission of the instructor and ability to swim.  Satisfactory completion of this course will count as two Biology lecture credits and one Biology lab credit.
BIOL 314 Biodiversity of Yellowstone may be offered in Yellowstone by Dr. Gregg Hartvigsen during Summer Session 1 of 2019.
BIOL 316 Comparative Sustainability in Nicaragua Study Abroad course will tentatively be offered by Dr. Hannam Summer 2018 from May 28, 2018-June 11, 2018. For additional information, please contact Dr. Kristina Hannam directly.  This three-credit, hybrid online-short term study abroad course will focus on sustainability issues both global and local.  The course will begin in May 2017 with one week of online coursework covering sustainability issues and background information about Nicaragua.  Two weeks studying abroad in Nicaragua will be spent traveling to 3 different locations to understand the environmental and sustainability issues there.  Upon return to the United States, a week of online wrap-up coursework and assignments will allow students to evaluate the what they learned abroad and compare and contrast problems and solutions in the developing world with those in the U.S.  This course will provide an opportunity for students to understand the sustainability problems and potential solutions of one place in the developing world, Nicaragua  - a very different place from their daily experience in the U.S.  Through readings, activities and interactions with people in Nicaragua, students will grasp the sustainability issues being tackled by the local people and reflect on the similarities, differences and connections to sustainability issues in the United States. HIghlights include:  Participation in a reforestation project in Masaya National Park to learn about protected areas, Working on a small-scale solar or biogas installation project to learn about climate change/energy/poverty issues, visiting several protected areas in dry tropical forest, globally rare Central American pine forest, and cloud forest sites to learn about biodiversity and ecotourism, and visiting small-holder coffee and pineapple farms to learn about agriculture and environment interactions.  Application deadline is February 1, 2018. If you have any concerns or require information prior to attending an information session, please contact Dr. Hannam directly.
BIOL 344 Global Health Issues will tentatively be offered in Ghana, West Africa by Dr. Bandoni Muench Summer Session, May 19, 2018 through June 19, 2018. Application deadline is February 1, 2018.  Earn 300-level elective and laboratory credit toward the Biology major or minor while studying abroad in West Africa in the summer of 2018.  This class will introduce students to public health and environmental issues and their intersection in a lower middle-income country.  The Biology and Global Health class is experiential and applied, and site visits will include, schools, hospitals, businesses, farms, markets, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and community developmental projects.  Embedded in the course is a research experience working with neglected tropical diseases in a marginalized community on the outskirts of the capital city in conjunction with a public health research laboratory at the University of Ghana. The cost worksheet for this program will be available very soon on the Study Abroad web site, and will be very close to last year's cost.  This program offers good value, in that the program fee includes accommodation, transportation, and all site visits (including a safari) and other class activities, but also many meals.  Additional purchases, whether food, souvenirs or gifts, are economical, due to the low cost of living in Ghana relative to the US. The prerequisites are BIOL 117 and BIOL 119.  For more information, please contact Dr. Susan Bandoni Muench or Emily Froome