Adventure into the world of tropical ecology and conservation.

The Department of Biological Sciences is excited to offer a study abroad opportunity to Costa Rica this year!

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Tropical Field Biology and Conservation 

5 Credit Hours; BSCI 40376

This course is an adventure into the world of tropical ecology and conservation, designed to introduce students to many of the major issues in this field. Students will learn how to apply modern field-observation techniques to generate and test problem-solving hypotheses. In addition, participants will learn about the threats to the biological diversity of tropical ecosystems, resulting from human activities. Students will meet throughout the Spring semester to complete the writing component of the course.

Program Dates: December 27, 2019 - January 14, 2020
Professor: Dr. Oscar Rocha

Cost Breakdown

Cost Description


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Online Application Fee



GeoBlue Health Insurance






Program Fee1



Flight (on own) 


On Own

Estimated Total Cost

$3,507.80 - 3,607.803


1Program Fee Includes: Accommodation, In-Country Transportation, Entrance Fees, Supplies and Meals
2 Flight Coordinated Individually
3 This total does not include tuition, as the credit hour is included in the Spring semester. Additional tuition charges may apply, depending on the credit hour cap
*Estimated Personal Cost (Not Included): Airfare, Passport ($135), Snacks, Souvenir Shopping, etc.
**Final program fee subject to change; Updated October 1, 2019.


Application will open August 1, 2019. 

Application Deadline: September 30, 2019 - The Application is now closed 
Non-Refundable Deposit ($500): October 30, 2019
Payment due ($2,290.00): November 15, 2019 


Contact Information

Dr. Oscar Rocha |
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Alyssa Mazey, M.Ed. |
Assistant Director of International Programs and Education Abroad