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Department of Biology

Department of Biology

Study Abroad

***All stated prices are approximates and should not be taken as the true cost of the trip. These are estimates to better allow students to prepare. Prospective study abroad students should contact the professor in charge of the trip to get more accurate pricing.

**If you are interested in the most up to date information, check out the Center for Global Engagement Study Abroad page.

Biology study abroad courses are for both majors (area F guided electives or area H ecology/evolution elective) and non-biology majors (counts in area D as a lab science course). Students learn the local flora and fauna as well as unique environments and cultural aspects of each site visited. Students design mini ecology classes, set up and collect data on site, then analyze and present their finding upon return to CSU.

Contemporary Health Issues: Andros Island, Bahamas [Available Spring 2019]

  • Cost: ~$2,100 

  • Time: Spring Break

  •  Locations/Activities/Study Sites: 

    • Various clinics around the island

    • Forfar Field Station

    • Various subtropical environments

  • Summary: Students visit local clinics and discuss common health issues facing individuals on Andros. CSU students host a two day spay and neuter clinic for companion animals on Andros. Students collect medical and veterinary donations to share with the Androsians as part of this service learning course.

Ecology of Andros Island 

  • Cost: ~$2,100 

  • Time: Spring Break

  • Locations/Activities/Study Sites: 

    • Fish Project - Barrier Reef, fringing, and patch reefs

    • Plant Project - Coppice, pinelands, beach strand, swash

    • Invertebrate Study, Money Point, coconut grove

  • Summary: Experience snorkeling on one the world's largest reefs. Visit unique environments that have been minimally impacted.

Tropical Ecology of Costa Rica

  • Cost: ~$3,000 

  • Length: Spring Break

  • Locations/Activities/Study Sites:

    • LaSelva Biological Research Station

    • Tortuguero Monitoring Station

  • Summary: Experience pristine tropical rainforests at LaSelva. Search for nesting turtles at Tortuguero.


Natural Environments of Australia

  • Cost: ~$5,000 

  • Time: Maymester

  • Locations/Activities/Study Sites:

    • The Great Barrier Reef

    • World Heritage Rainforest

    • Table Lands and Outback

  • Summary: Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. Experience World Heritage Rainforest sites.

Ecology and Natural Environments of Tanzania 

  • Cost: ~$5,000 

  • Time: Maymester

  • Locations/Activities/Study Sites:

    • Arusha

    • Western and Central Sarengeti

    • Ngorongoro Crater

  • Summary: Watch the Great Migration. Explore the Serengeti and travel to Ngorogoro Crater.

Ecology of Ecuador [Available Spring 2019]

  • Cost: ~$5,000 

  • Time: Maymester

  • Locations/Activities/Study Sites:

    • Galapagos Islands

    • Amazonian Rainforests

  • Summary: Explore the Galapagoes. Experience lowland Amazonian rainforests.

Ecology of Belize

  • Cost: ~$5,000

  • Time: Maymester

  • Locations/Activities/Study Sites: 

    • Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

    • Tobacco Caye Marine Station

  • Summary: Visit sites at Monkey Bay Reserve. Snorkel at Tobacco Caye Marine Station.


Darwin and Evolution at Oxford University

  • Cost: ~$3,650 

  • Time: Summer

  • Locations/Activities/Study Sites:

    • Cambridge Universit

    • Edinburgh, Scotland

    • Down House (Darwin's home)

    • British Museum of Natural History in London

    • Stay at CSU's Specer House in Oxford, England

  • Summary: Students follow the life of Charles Darwin from his college years to his collections while on the Beagle to his personal struggles with his theory of evolution. Students walk his garden path at Down House and visit various sites of the great debates on evolution.