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Format of the course sequence

  • Fall: lecture course (2 credits) focused on preparation for field trip
  • January: 2-week field trip to Costa Rica (or alternative destination)

More here about student experiences during the 20-17-18 Costa Rica offering

  • Spring: laboratory course (2 credits) focused on post-trip discussions, write-up of field observations, analysis of field project data from the trip, presentation of project results (oral & written reports)


  • The lecture, field trip, and laboratory components are all required
  • Prerequisite for the course sequence
    • One or more courses in ecology, behavior, evolution, environmental science, or relevant organismal biology (e.g., entomology)
    • AND permission of the instructor


Students will be responsible for extra costs of the embedded travel portion; this cost in 2018 was ~ $2400