We believe that international learning experiences can significantly impact your intellectual, personal, and professional growth. While studying abroad, your book and laboratory knowledge comes alive and your perspective broadens. For that reason, the Biology Department offers study abroad trips to the tropics during odd-numbered years. In December, we go to Belize; in June, the Galápagos Islands.
Students are also encouraged to explore other Study Abroad opportunities with the SPU Study Abroad office. Leah Bouterse (Physiology '17) recorded a short video for Dr. Brezynski's BIO 1859 students about her experiences studying in Uganda.
About the Tropical Biology Program
The Belize and Galápagos study abroad courses generally offer 3–5 credits, and are open to Biology majors and minors as upper-division biology credits, and to non-majors for general education credit. You can find more information, including how to apply, on the Study Abroad website. If you have questions, you can visit or contact the Study Abroad Office.
Belize Global Seminar (BIO 3302)
In December of odd-numbered years, the Biology study abroad trip is to Belize. During the Belize trip, you will experience intensive readings, lectures, discussions, field instruction, and observations, as well as research and service projects related to coral reefs and their associated organisms. You will learn about the ecology of coral reefs. You will also learn to identify common species, and study their behavior and relationships. Additionally, you will learn about terrestrial and human history in Belize — especially the ancient Mayan culture. The faculty leader for the Belize trip is Professor of Biology Tim Nelson. More information.
Galapágos Islands (BIO 3303)
Offered in June of odd-numbered years, the Galapágos Islands study abroad trip is an intensive program in which you will learn to identify common species, and study their ecology and behavior. In addition, you will learn about the history of the islands and their inhabitants. The Galapágos trip is led by Biology professors Eric Long and Ryan Ferrer. More information.