Biology

African Ecology (South Africa): Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University)

Fynbos Biome, South Africa

OTS students will travel through the stunning landscapes of South Africa, gaining exposure to its many diverse habitats. A large amount of time will be spent in Kruger National Park, (South Africa's largest park) where students will participate in research, field walks, and game drives. Kruger is home to an incredibly diverse population of birds, animals, and insects, making it an ecologist's paradise. Students will be housed at the Skukuza camp (has banks, shops, post office, swimming pool etc.), and will also spend time in a tented research village in Kruger. Everyone is required to take the following classes: South African Ecosystems and Diversity (4), Field Research Skills (4), Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in South Africa (4), History Through Culture of South Africa (4). Duke OTS Homepage

Other places traveled include the Fynbos (the world's smallest and most diverse floral kingdom), the Namaqualand (semi-desert with interesting succulent flora), Robben Island, De Hoop (a coastal reserve), and some of South Africa's cosmopolitan cities.

Au Sable Institute  (Biology majors/minors only)

The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies offers two summer sessions as well as a May session. Au Sable programs take place at their campuses around the world. The May program takes place in the Great Lakes area, while the summer sessions take place in India, the Pacific Rim, the Florida Everglades, as well as the Great Lakes area. Au Sable provides college and university level programs in environmental studies, field biology, stewardship ecology, and ecological sustainability for students worldwide. Studies seek to help students understand natural ecosystems, environmental degradation and its causes, the ethical nature and content of environmental problems, and responsible and appropriate practice. Au Sable Homepage

Creation Care Studies Program, Belize  (Open to all majors)

This semester-long program explores biblical Stewardship, first hand, as students study environmental issues in Belize. Designed for non-science majors, the program includes opportunities for study, reflection, research, and travel. During the program you will experience community in motion as you travel with a group of students for four months throughout the country of Belize. Rigorous classes will give you direct field experiences and confront you with current world issues. CCSP readily awaits adventure seeking, biblically minded students, who want to take on the challenge of learning how to care for God’s earth and all its creatures—both human and non-human. CCSP Belize Homepage

Creation Care Studies Program, New Zealand (Open to all majors)

This semester-long program explores biblical Stewardship, first hand, as students study environmental issues in New Zealand. Designed for non-science majors, the program includes opportunities for study, reflection, research, and travel. During the program you will experience community in motion as you travel with a group of students for four months to the South Pacific nation of New Zealand. Rigorous classes will give you direct field experiences and confront you with current world issues. CCSP readily awaits adventure seeking, biblically minded students, who want to take on the challenge of learning how to care for God’s earth and all its creatures—both human and non-human. CCSP New Zealand Homepage

Global Health (Costa Rica): Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University)

Students who go on this program will study scientific and social issues of tropical medicine, public health, and ethnobiology. Courses are taught by full-time physicians and scientists, with guest lecturers specializing in a variety of fields such as anthropology/sociology, tropical medicine, and biology. Students will also have the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and Panama to study and compare the health systems and cultures of neighboring countries. COURSES: Tropical Medicine and Public Health (4), Ethnobiology (4), Culture and Language in Costa Rica (4), Research Practicum (4). Duke OTS Homepage

Global Health

Tropical Biology (Costa Rica): Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University)

Golden Frogs in the Monteverde Cloud Forestquetzal

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) has three field sites (La Selva, Las Cruces, and Palo Verde) in Costa Rica where students can immerse themselves in the country's rich biodiversity. Each site is located in a unique habitat, and specializes in a different kind of ecology research. Students will take four courses during the semester: Fundamentals of Tropical Biology (4), Environmental Science and Policy of the Tropics (4), Field Reseach in Tropical Biology (4), and Spanish Language and Latin American Culture (4). Duke OTS Homepage

Houghton in Tanzania, Iringa, Tanzania (Houghton College)  (Open to all majors)

Houghton-in-Tanzania is a program of Houghton College set in East Africa offering junior and senior students an opportunity to experience life as most Africans themselves experience it and to be exposed to Africa on a broad front including history, anthropology, environment, languages, politics, and religion. Extended trips away from the campus site  include visits to nearby game reserves and Wahehe and Maasai tribal villages. Elective course options vary from year to year but the following three core courses are required: East African Culture (3), East African History (3), Wildlife Behavior (3/4). (A minimum 2.75 GPA is required.) Houghton in Tanzania Homepage