Study Abroad

The department offers courses with spring break trips to truly stunning tropical destinations at once-in-a-lifetime affordable prices.


Walk In Charles Darwin’s Footsteps

In BIOL 423-Ecology and Evolution in the Galapagos Islands (4 credits), students immerse themselves in the Galapagos Islands’ unique flora and fauna and  special place in history as a living laboratory for ecology and evolution research. While in the islands, students experience breathtaking closeup encounters with giant tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins, hike along one of the world’s largest volcanic calderas, and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. For more information about this trip, contact Dr. Andrew Dolby.


Explore Panama’s Incredible Biological Diversity

In BIOL 424-Tropical Ecology (4 credits), students survey the earth’s tropical ecosystems and understand the unique factors that make them tick. Additionally, they explore the special conservation challenges facing biologically diverse tropical countries. Spring break takes them to Panamá and its stunning beaches, rainforests, and high elevation cloud forests. Colorful birds, monkeys, and other wildlife abound. Students also enjoy visits to Panamá City, the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute, and an Emberá village, all while being served up authentic Panamanian food for every meal. For more information contact Dr. Andrew Dolby or Dr. Alan Griffith.