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 is 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.

Student Application Belize – submit via email to or drop off in person to Life Science Department Office room 1122.

Click here to read daily reports filed by the students during the 2016 trip.




For more information, contact:

Even Years: 2016, 2018, 2020 Contact:

Kathy Pollock, MCC Life Science Instructor

Ismael Enriquez, MCC Spanish Instructor

Odd Years: 2017, 2019, 2021

Theresa Vanveelen, MCC Life Sciences Instructor

Kurt Troutman, MCC Social Sciences Instructor

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.

Students are responsible for tuition, textbooks, course fee and spending money in Belize. The $2,600 course fee includes airfare, lodging, meals, entrance fees to parks and museums and all transportation.

Those interested in taking the course must return the following application Student Application Belize for Field Studies in Belize (PDF) to the Life Science Department secretary in Room 1122 of the Science Center.  These are due June 1st or as late as September 1st if the course is not full. 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

Student Application Belize


2017 Tentative Itinerary

Passport, Medical and Embassy Information.

Read the travel blog from the 2014 MCC trip to Belize