Tropical Marine Biology Summer Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica.

Course duration: 4 and 1/2 weeks (5 credits):

  • 2  week Online course in the US (July 20 - 31, 2009)
  • 2 and 1/2 week Field Course in Costa Rica (August 5 - 22,  2009)

The course is taught in English.


  • 2 weeks online virtual course
  • 2 weeks field course in Costa Rica
  • Didactic Materials
  • Round trip airport transfer and all ground transportation
  • All lodging and hotels during field course and all meals
  • Entrances to national parks
  • Snorkeling equipment and scuba equipment for certified divers for Marine Biology course
Program Description:

Costa Rica offers so much to learn about tropical marine biology. This program will give participants a first hand experience on coastal management resources and Costa Rica's rich experience with sustainable projects.

Participants will learn about the different projects in sea turtle programs and the non-government organizations evolvement in coastal issues.

Through lectures and field visits, participants will gain awareness about biological and ecological issues regarding mangroves, estuaries, coral reefs and species monitoring. Participants will learn about crisis such as red tide, causes, types and toxins and the contamination menaces.

Interviews and discussions will address important topics such as the problem solving strategies Costa Rica has developed.

The purpose of this program is to expose students to:

  • General comprehension of the concepts and issues addressed in marine biology.
  • Costa Rican marine ecosystems, biodiversity and environmental issues through field trips and field work in coral reefs, sandy and muddy beaches, mangroves and estuaries.
  • The importance of Integrated Coastal Management.

On-line Content

  • The Region: Biogeography of Central American Isthmus and Marine and coastal environments in Costa Rica
  • Introduction to Tropical Marine Biology and geology
  • Physical and Chemical Oceanography
  • Caribbean Reef Fish Count
  • Interstitial Zones
  • Global Change Impact on Marine Life

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