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Biology Summer, Winter and Spring Break Courses

2019-2020 Offerings:

BIOL 314 Biodiversity of Coral Reefs  will tentatively be offered during Spring 2020 including Spring Break with Drs. Bosch and Over.  **CANCELLED**

Students participating in this class will have an opportunity to learn about the ecology, geology and conservation biology of Caribbean coral reefs. The class will meet regularly at Geneseo for lectures, discussions of readings and research work. During Spring Break we will work out of the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. This field experience is offered through the Geneseo Study Abroad Program. It consists of 9 days of fieldwork during the 2020 Spring Break (March 12-21). The international program fee is estimated to be $3250 including airfare (bulk of the cost at ~$2,000), lodging and food. The only additional costs would be about $100-200 for snorkeling gear and any personal expenses. The prerequisite for this course is BIOL 203 (Principles of Ecology) or a comparable introductory Ecology or Environmental Geology course.

To enroll, you must first obtain permission from Dr. Bosch or Dr. Over.  Once you have a confirmed “seat” in the course you may begin the process of registering for the international trip. A non-refundable deposit of $1400 to SUNY Geneseo is due on or before October 30.  Geneseo has been allocated about 15 places in the Bahamas field course, depending on the number of interested students from SUNY Onondaga and other schools. For more information call 245-5303 or email or

BIOL 344 Biology and Global Health will tentatively be offered during Summer Session 2020 in Ghana with Dr. Bandoni Muench.  **CANCELLED**

Earn 300-level elective and laboratory credit toward the Biology major and minor while studying abroad in West Africa in the summer of 2019.  This class will introduce students to public health and environmental issues and their intersection in a lower middle-income country.  Prerequisites: BIOL 117 & 119. The approach taken in this course is experiential and applied, and site visits will include schools, hospitals, businesses, farms, markets, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and community development 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. More information, including cost, is available on the SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad website or from Susan Bandoni Muench (  There are upcoming information sessions scheduled for BIOL 344 Biology and Global Health, this summer’s study abroad program in Ghana in West Africa. Come learn about this opportunity. Ghana is one of the safest places to study abroad.