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 Peru.
Major academic themes include:
On the Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon 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 surveys, research design and implementation, research plots and transects, bird call playback, primate behavior observation, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, research presentation, and Spanish language skills.
You will visit different ecosystems and communities while in the field, which may include tropical lowland rainforests, high-elevation forests and the highlands of the Andes, salt mines, protected reserves, Amazonian riverine ecosystems, white-sand forests, wildlife sanctuaries and traditional medicinal gardens, high-elevation montane and cloud forests near Wayqecha Biological Station, rural villages and agricultural communities, and palm swamps and floodplain forests.
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