Belize Field Studies

Mayan Civilization and Rainforest Ecology

Hiking trail towards Ben’s Bluff view point in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Stann Creek, Belize

MCC offers ICS 101 BEL / BIOL 101 BEL as an interdisciplinary travel-study course providing students an introduction to international culture and biology through cultural and biological field studies. This hybrid course contains online and on-campus components and includes a seven-day visit to Belize. Emphasis isl be placed on Mayan culture and the tropical rain forests of Belize. The students study Mayan culture and history as well as Mayan past and current interaction with the rain forest ecosystem.

This course covers classification of organisms, basic ecological principles, experimental design, field sampling techniques and scientific communication. Specific biology topics emphasized will vary from year to year. The course also involves working with local Belizeans, giving MCC students the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds. The course is offered in conjunction with Sleeping Giant Resort in Belize.

For more information, contact:

Kathy Pollock, MCC Biology instructor
Kathy.pollock@muskegoncc.edu

Ismael Enriquez, MCC Spanish instructor
Ismael.enriquez@muskegoncc.edu

Aerial view of Xunantunich, Mara Ruins in the jungle of Belize

Aerial view of Xunantunich, Mara Ruins in the jungle of Belize

Course Details 

Because students spend a great portion of each day in the field, they should be in good physical condition. Beyond tuition and texts, additional costs include the airfare to Belize, package price for room and board, and spending money while in Belize.

Cost for the trip includes airfare, lodging, meals, entrance fees to parks and museums and all transportation. Costs range from $1,950 – $2,250 depending on airfare and resort fees. Tuition for the two-credit course is not included to allow some students to apply scholarships or other types of financial aide towards tuition.

Those interested in taking the course must return the following Student Application for Belize for Field Studies in Belize (PDF) and $75 deposit to the Life Science Department secretary in Room 1122 of the Science Center.  Once your application is reviewed and approved, you will get an email with permission to register. You must register for the course during the fall semester. Submit your application as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

Helpful Links

Belize Flyer 2016

2016 Tentative Itinerary

Passport, Medical and Embassy Information.

Read the travel blog from the 2014 MCC trip to Belize