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OVERVIEW

Courses

Courses

We offer courses in the areas of environmental sciences and sustainability. Some of these courses have mandatory field excursions and/or lab components.

Short Term Field Programs

Short Term Field Programs

Intensive short term (typically around 3-week program depending on the course) program with a high component of field research and activities. Students will be in the field working with the environment and different communities.

Customized Programs & Faculty Led

Customized Programs & Faculty Led

Our staff can work with visiting professors to create a customized Faculty-Led program in Costa Rica. Our staff is prepared to create a tailor-made program for your group and your area of study. Some of the services include: generating itinerary, budgeting, housing, airport pick-up, field trips, faculty, classrooms, guest lecturers, excursions, and others.

Internships & Service Learning

Internships & Service Learning

We offer different opportunities for internships in different areas. These are all credit awarding internships, working on different projects and/or with different entities around the country. For those seeking something less time consuming than an internship, we also offer service-learning opportunities working in some of our specific projects.

Courses

We offer courses in the areas of environmental sciences and sustainability. Some of these courses have mandatory field excursions and/or lab components.

ENV 2500

Introduction to Genetics: Current Applications

This course is an introduction to genetics, focused on its applications for current issues related to the diagnosis of human diseases, paternity, taxonomy, ecology, conservation, agronomy and the environment.

ENV 3005

Environmental Impact And Social Development

This course provides an introduction to the major environmental problems and issues confronting modern society.

ENV 3044

Tropical Ecology

In this course, students will learn about the interactions between earth and land, and how these processes affect our lives and the stability of our planet.

ENV 3100

Tropical Birds (Tropical Ornithology)

This course provides an introduction to the main topics of ornithology, with an emphasis on neotropical avifauna.

ENV 3120

Land Vertebrates Of Costa Rica

This course is an introduction to the zoology of terrestrial vertebrates in Costa Rica. Students will gain knowledge of various biological characteristics of the groups of land chordates in the country.

ENV 3150

Tropical Botany: Useful Plants

This combined lecture and field course will provide students with a general overview of tropical plants. Students will gain knowledge of basic botanical concepts and will explore a variety of ecosystems.

ENV 3190

Tropical Marine Biology

This course studies the balance between ecosystems and the human stress and demands that are placed on the constantly changing marine environment.

ENV 3200

Marine Mammals Of Costa Rica: Biology And Conservation

This course is an introduction to the biology of marine mammals of Costa Rica, including whales, dolphins, manatees fur seals and sea lions.

ENV 3740

Climate Change: Impacts And Adaptations

Climate change is dramatically affecting the future of our planet. In this course, students will learn about global climate changes and how these are impacting plant and animal populations, people, and ways of life.

ENV 4030

Agro-ecology And Sustainable Food Systems

This course examines agricultural and food systems from an ecological systems perspective.

ENV 4040

Sustainable Development And Environmental Awareness

This course is an introduction to current world problems related to natural resource management and conservation, and their effects on sustainable development efforts in tropical countries.

ENV 4100

Biotechnology And Sustainability

This course emphasizes the vast possibilities offered by biotechnology for sustainable development through the study of specific cases in Costa Rica.

ENV 3170

Fresh Water Ecology (Limnology)

Pending course short description

ENV 3160

Conservation Biology Of Endangered Marine Species

This course aims to highlight the importance of conservation biology in managing endangered marine species, emphasizing recent conservation efforts for umbrella species such as sea turtles and sharks in the Pacific waters bordering Costa Rica.

ENV 3020

Marine Molecular Biology

The use of molecular biological approaches has revolutionized marine science research over the last decades.

ENV 3050

Biology Of Edible Insects: A Sustainable Food Source

This entomology course explores the use of insects as food sources for human and animal feeding.

ENV 3060

Wildcats Of Costa Rica (Felides)

Due to its geographic positioning Costa Rica has a high diversity in mammals, the former as a result of the role played by this country as a biological bridge.

Customized Programs &
Faculty Led

Our staff can work with visiting professors to create a customized Faculty-Led program in Costa Rica. Our staff is prepared to create a tailor-made program for your group and your area of study. Some of the services include: generating itinerary, budgeting, housing, airport pick-up, field trips, faculty, classrooms, guest lecturers, excursions, and others.

CUST 001

Customized Programs & Faculty Led

These are completely customizable courses. We have a team that designated for creating itineraries as well as budgeting scenarios.

Short Term Field
Programs

Intensive short term (typically around 3-week program depending on the course) program with a high component of field research and activities. Students will be in the field working with the environment and different communities.

ENV 3160S

Conservation Biology of Sharks & Rays

This course is aimed to highlight the importance of Conservation Marine Biology in managing Costa Rican Elasmobranch species (sharks and rays) with the emphasis on recent conservation efforts in the Easter Tropical Pacific (ETP).

ENV 3044J

Tropical Ecology

Pending course description

ENV 3190J

Tropical Marine Biology

The oceans were formed between 4400 and 3500 million years ago, and they occupy about 71% of the Earth’s surface. Tropical seas hold the highest ecosystem and species diversity of the oceans.

ENV 3125S

Land Mammals of Costa Rica

This course aims to expose students with the high biodiversity of mammals found in Costa Rica and more specifically with terrestrial mammals.

Internships &
Service Learning

We offer different opportunities for internships in different areas. These are all credit awarding internships, working on different projects and/or with different entities around the country. For those seeking something less time consuming than an internship, we also offer service-learning opportunities working in some of our specific projects.

INT 001

Entomology: Bees & Butterflies

You will collaborate with the Entomology Lab and apiary in order to promote research for both invertebrate pests of the region with a focus on sustainable solutions.

INT 002

Marine Biology

As an intern you will collaborate in field activities to collect tissue samples of the studied species from different coastline locations, which may include fishing villages and ports.

INT 003

Green Construction Projects

The Green House is an environmental model home and small permaculture farm with a developing food forest. Any student with interest in environmental studies, business, or the arts are welcome.

INT 004

Wildlife Conservation

We work with a non-profit organization with one overarching objective - to have a positive impact on conservation. We rescue and rehabilitate wildlife with the goal of release.

INT 005

Permaculture

Non just buildings or gardens make a sustainable project, but also the invisible web behind them: organization, education, finance, communications. Nature has many pattern from which to learn from.

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