TENTATIVE DATES: May 15 - June 13, 2015
Total Program Fee: $5,500
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Students interested in this program may qualify for the federally funded Gilman Scholarship. Click here for details
Due to limited accommodation space, this program has a maximum capacity. Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply by the early application deadline. TnCIS anticipates that a wait list will be initiated for the regular acceptance applicants. Contact TnCIS if you have questions.
The Galápagos Islands is one of the world's most beautiful and biologically diverse places in the world. The crystalline waters of the Galápagos sustain schools of fish with brilliant colors, playful sea lions and dolphins, and ancient sea turtles. But the beauty of the Galápagos extends beyond the wildlife of the ocean. On land, the fauna of these islands is equally as diverse. Lava lizards, land iguanas, pelicans, flamingos, giant tortoises, swallow-tailed gulls, and blue-footed boobies are just some of the animals that make their home here. It is the biological diversity of the Galápagos that helped inspire Charles Darwin and his theories long ago. While on Galapagos we will be mainly staying in Puerto Ayora which is located on the Santa Cruz Island. Additionally, we may also spend a few says in Puerto Villamil which is located on Isabella island.
This four week program brings students to one of the world's most biologically-diverse island locations to study topics in genetics and general biology. The participating students, while personally experiencing the incredible biodiversity of the Islands, will have the unique opportunity to complete their course work in a living laboratory that provides opportunities to personally see and experience many of the relevant biological concepts.
Students in the genetics course will study basic concepts of genetics, specifically population genetics, evolution leading to speciation, and molecular genetics. General biology II is a continuation of the general biology one course. Emphasis will be on studying organisms, biodiversity, plant and animal systems, ecology, and other related topics.
All courses will incorporate the islands into their classwork to culminate in a unique academic experience that cannot be compared to a US classroom. Concurrently, the students will have the additional opportunity of being immersed in the local Latin culture and the Spanish language.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles per day. You will also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities. There will be significant time spent outdoors during the program. Students will need to take appropriate precautions with sun exposure and drink plenty of water.
Excursions may include: There will be multiple excursions while on the Santa Cruz and the Isabella Islands as well as a planned day trip to one other Island of the Galapagos. Excursions may include visits to the Charles Darwin Research Station, Bay tours, Santa Cruz highlands, Cierra Negro Volcano on the Isabela Island and the North Seymore Island.
Other optional day tours, the costs of which are not covered by the program, may also be available if you choose.
Classes: Generally, classes will meet six days a week. Lectures will be held in the mornings and the labs will be held in the afternoons.
Accommodations: Students will share rooms with other same-gender students in clean, comfortable hotels. Students will be provided 3 meals daily. Given the structure of the program and the resources available in some locations, the program may not be able to accommodate students with specific dietary preferences. If you have dietary concerns, please contact TnCIS.