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  • Locations: La Fortuna, Costa Rica; Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica; Puerto Viejo de Telamanca, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica; Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer Session 1
  • Restrictions: applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Session 1 2020 11/25/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2020 06/01/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology and Conservation
(2020)

Location(s) | Dates | Cost | Trip Director(s) | Courses | Additional Information 

Location(s)


La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
 

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Dates

Trip Dates: 5/12/2020 - 6/2/2020
Application Deadline: 11/25/2019
Deposit Deadline: 12/4/2019

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Cost

$5,000 

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Trip Director(s)


Name: Dr. Thaddeus McRae
Email: tmcrae@leeuniversity.edu
Office Location: SMC 203F
Office Phone Number: 423-614-8298

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Courses

Credit Hours Received: 6

Courses Offered:
1. GNST 251 Cross-Cultural Experience, Thaddeus McRae - 1 Credit Hour
2. BIOS 112 Environmental Science in Costa Rica, Thaddeus McRae - 4 Credit Hours
3. BIOS 384 Special Topics in Biology: Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Costa Rica, Thaddeus McRae - 4 Credit Hours
4. RECR132 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Costa Rica, Thaddeus McRae - 1 Credit Hours

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Additional Information

We will be in Costa Rica for 22 days, with 4-5 days in each of four general areas, minimizing travel time while maximizing the biodiversity we get to experience. We'll visit high altitude cloud forests, lower altitude tropical rainforests, seasonal tropical forests, and coastal areas on both the Pacific and the Atlantic. We'll go spelunking, get into the tops of trees, live on an organic farm for a few days, explore rivers and forests, and meet farmers, professors, guides and other local experts in each place. 

There are 6 credits of courses, with a choice between BIOS 112 and BIOS 384. BIOS 112, Environmental  Science, fills the general education core science requirement, and also the BIOS 112 requirement for Disaster Management majors. Ecology/Environmental Science majors may also opt for BIOS 112 as a general elective credit or may take BIOS 384 Special Topics in Biology: Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Costa Rica as a 300-level biology elective. BIOS 384 also counts towards any other major as a 300-level biology elective. The courses will meet together, but there will be some different reading and assignments, with the BIOS 384 students covering a few additional topics and going into greater depth.

See more pictures, maps, and information here: http://www.thaddeusmcrae.com/costa-rica-courses.html