Biology Class in Costa Rica & Panama

Tropical Biology (Biology 195) (3 credits) 

This course involves on-campus meetings during the January 2014 Intersession as well as a 16-day trip to Costa Rica and Panama (Jan 11-26).  The course can be taken by any student to meet the General Education requirement and by Biology majors as an elective or to meet course requirements.  The only prerequisites are an ability to swim and a sense of adventure. 

The trip involves extensive traveling (by van, boats, and one internal flight) and is designed to acquaint students with the flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest and the coral reef-the two most diverse ecosystems on earth.  We will visit national parks and hike rainforests on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Costa Rica and snorkel reefs off Panama.  Other activities include white water rafting and zip line through Monteverde forest canopy.  We stay in hotels, lodges, and one night at Las Cruces Biological Station and are accompanied by bilingual naturalist guides and certified PADI divers. 

Students will be tested over assigned readings and are required to keep a field notebook and personal daily journal. 

The total trip cost (round trip airfare from New York to Costa Rica, all land costs (hotels, meals, guides, etc.) and transport (van, boat, one internal flight) is estimated to be about $3200.  In addition, students pay tuition for one credit, University insurance, van transport from the University to and from New York airport, departure tax, gratuities for guides, and personal expenses (laundry). 

If interested, email Dr. John Conway ( as soon as possible.  A deposit of $1,000 is required as soon as possible to reserve air and hotel space.  The second payment of $1,000.00 is due Oct 25 and the final payment is due Nov 26.

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