Summer Session I

Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Development

Costa Rica

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In this interdisciplinary session, students immerse themselves in Costa Rica’s tropical ecosystems, learning how they are connected to the country’s sustainable development strategies. The session culminates in a short research practicum examining the impact of tourism on rural communities and conservation areas, as well as the role of coffee farms in carbon sequestration.
 

Language:
Coursework is taught in English
Credits:
4
Prerequisites:
None

Summer session I


Location

Atenas


Summer 2018

June 4 - July 4

In The Field


Sample Itinerary

Price

Tuition:

$4,500

Room & Board:

$1,450


?   Total Cost:

$5,950

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Spend the summer on an organic farm, surrounded by incredible biodiversity and unforgettable national parks and wildlife reserves of Costa Rica. These summer courses can be taken individually (4 credits) or in combination for a total of 8 credits. The combined summer program provides a comprehensive look into the sustainability of tropical ecosystems, as well as field research techniques for addressing conservation questions. Students participating in both sessions receive a $1,000 discount.

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Academics

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What You'll Study


  • Biodiversity conservation and sustainable development
  • Socioeconomic and environmental impacts of tourism
  • Natural resources management in and around protected areas
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Public perceptions of climate change

What You'll Practice


  • Research design
  • Quantitative & qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Forestry survey methods
  • Scientific writing and presentation
  • Research design
  • Basic techniques for data analysis
  • Biodiversity assessment and identification
  • Carbon stock analysis
  • Language (Spanish)


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Center for Sustainable Development Studies


Costa Rica

Students attending this program will be based at the SFS Center for Sustainable Development Studies in Atenas, Costa Rica. Click here to find out more about the Center and life at the field station.

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