Belize Field Studies

Mayan Civilization and Rainforest Ecology

Fall 2016

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

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

Students will spend a great portion of each day in the field and 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. Cost ranges from $1950 – $2250 depending on airfare and resort fees. Tuition for the two credit course is not included to allow some students apply scholarships or other types of financial aide towards tuition.

Please return the following Student Application for Belize for Field Studies in Belize (PDF) and $75 deposit to the Life Science Department Office secretary in room 1122 of the Science Center.  Once your application is reviewed and approved, you will get an email with permission to register for the course. You must register for the course for FALL 2016 semester. Submit your application as soon as possible to reserve your spot, the absolute latest deadline is September 1st. SEATS ARE LIMITED!

For more details and pictures, please read the following BelizeFlyer2016and tentative itinerary.

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Interested FACULTY members may complete this application by September 1, 2016.

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