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The Natural History of the Galápagos Islands & Ecuador

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The scheduled offering for this Faculty-Led Program has been postponed due to Covid-19. It is anticipated to be offered in May 2023. The course would be offered in Spring Semester and Summer Session I of 2023.

Experience the trip of a lifetime to one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world: the enchanted Galápagos Islands. This faculty-led program will include an 8-day cruise of the islands in addition to traveling for 6 days in continental Ecuador, exploring the culture, history, and diverse ecological zones of Ecuador. Participants not only experience the plants and wildlife found no place else on the planet, but they also will experience total immersion in Ecuadorian culture. Observe exotic birds up close, swim with sea lions, and salsa dance with locals. Hike in the dense cloud forest and live with an indigenous family high up in the mountains. The Galápagos program is open (and academically accessible) to students in all majors; one does not need to be a Biology major to enroll. Students can earn credit for either a Natural Science Liberal Learning course or a Biology major Organismal and Evolution Option course. Available for Honors credit and Global Perspective civic responsibility, too. Students who will graduate in May 2023 are eligible to enroll in the 2023 course, even though the trip occurs after commencement.

Applications for the 2022 program will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning in Fall 2020.

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The Natural History of the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador is a full course divided into two parts. The course descriptions for the two half-courses are as follows:

    • BIO 365/ HON 365/ IDS 365 The Natural History of the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador I:
      An introduction to the natural history (including ecology of plants and animals, geology, and climate) of the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador, with a reflection on interactions between these and the history, culture and economics of the Islands and Ecuador from pre-colonial to modern times. This course is anticipated to be offered next in Spring Semester, 2023. (Students must also enroll in BIO 366/ HON 366/ IDS 366, which will be offered during Summer Session I of the same year.)
    • BIO 366/ HON 366/ IDS 366 The Natural History of the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador II:
      An immersion experience to develop a deep understanding of the natural history (including geology, climate, and ecology of plants and animals) of the Galápagos Islands and continental Ecuador, with a reflection on interactions between these and the history, culture and economics of the Islands and Ecuador from pre-colonial to modern times. Offered during Summer Session I. (Limited to students who will participate in the faculty-led abroad experience—a two-week, intensive trip to the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador.) The next time the trip will be offered is anticipated to be May-June, 2023.

Links for Other Information: (Updated information specific to 2023 will be posted in 2022.)

2019 Trip Itinerary

Application form

Costs associated with the 2019 trip (payment schedule, financial aid, and scholarships)

Syllabus BIO/HON/IDS 365-2019

Syllabus BIO/HON/IDS 366-2019

Academic requirements that can be fulfilled with BIO/HON/IDS 365-366

For addition information regarding the course or the faculty-led program, please contact:
Dr. Donald Lovett, Dept. of Biology, lovett@tcnj.edu.

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