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Spring 2012 Costa Rica (CLOSED)
Tropical Biology


Tropical Biology in Costa Rica

May 21 – June 1, 2012


              The 2012 Tropical Biology course will be conducted in Costa Rica, Central America.  Located between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica offers unparalleled opportunities to study the ecology of tropical terrestrial environments, and to experience one of the most culturally diverse countries in Central America.  Costa Rica's exceptional diversity of habitats range from dry tropical forests to lowland rainforests to cloud forests.   With only .03% of the world’s surface, Costa Rica is considered one of the top 20 countries in the world in terms of biodiversity, containing roughly 4% of the world’s species.  Costa Rica's dedication to conserving its natural resources is exceptional among Central American countries

              Prior to the field study in Costa Rica, a one-credit, seminar [BIO 360] will be offered during the Spring 2012 semester.  This seminar is required for those planning to go to Costa Rica, and will introduce students to the basic principles and patterns of tropical biology.  Written assignments, which require students to integrate observations made during their field experience with information presented in seminars and obtained from relevant literature, will be due shortly after returning from Costa Rica.  Participants are expected to have completed at least six hours of college-level biology and be able to swim.  Students other than biology majors are encouraged to participate, however, ECSU biology majors will be given preference if there are more applicants than available spaces.  More information is available at and on the poster in the display cabinet outside Science 331. 

              Students should register for both BIO 360 and BIO 320, however, registration for BIO 320 requires a signed Permission of Instructor Form and the submission of a completed BIO 320 Application Form.  This form can be obtained from either Dr. Elliott or Dr. Szczys.  If accepted for participation, a $200 deposit is required by December 1.  The deposit is fully refundable until March 1, 2012.  


• 4.0 semester hour credits (BIO 320 - Tropical Biology and BIO 360 - Ecology of Tropical Ecosystems) This two-course combination can be counted as one of the 300-level courses required for the Biology major.


• Estimated cost:  $2300.00* - includes transportation, food, lodging, entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities.  Scholarships are available to help defray the extra cost of the course.


                                                                  Dr. Phillip F. Elliott

                                                                  Department of Biology

For More Information Contact:              Eastern Connecticut 

                                                                 State University

                                                                  Willimantic, CT  06626

                                                                  (860) 465-4496



*may vary, depending on number of participants and changes in airline fares.  Students who wish to take the course for credit but are not currently enrolled at one of the Connecticut State Universities must also pay tuition.


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