This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Chile.
Major academic themes include:
On the Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice program, you will take three 4-credit disciplinary courses, one 2-credit language and culture course, and a 4-credit capstone Directed Research course. Courses are participatory in nature and are designed to foster inquiry and active learning. Each course combines lectures, field exercises, assignments, tests, and research. All courses are taught in English.
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You will practice valuable skills in the field which may include: species identification and population monitoring, habitat and biodiversity assessment, research design and implementation, natural resource valuation, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, communicating science, research presentation, and Spanish language skills.
You will visit different ecosystems and communities while in the field, which may include glaciers and ice fields, fjords, coastal villages and port cities, Valdivian temperate forests, protected areas surrounding the Calbuco and Osorno volcanoes, penguin colonies, freshwater ecosystems in the Lakes District, and popular national parks.
In the Directed Research course, each student completes a field research project under the mentorship of a faculty member – beginning with data collection and analysis and concluding with a research paper and presentation. Project subject areas span ecology, natural resource management, conservation science, environmental ethics, and socioeconomics.Learn More