Belize: Tropical Marine Biology
This course, taught by Drs. Eric Simon, Debra Dunlop, and Jim Newcomb (all members of NEC's Biology and Health Sciences Department), provides students with an opportunity to apply the scientific method and reasoning, devise and test hypotheses in the lab and in the field, and read and write scientifically. This course also fulfills the LAS-5 laboratory requirement , so students can complete an important part of their general education curriculum in the Caribbean “tropical paradise” of Belize!
The tremendous biodiversity and interaction of life forms in the coral reefs, sea grass beds, sandy/rocky shores, and coastal mangroves make this an ideal course for any student interested in the incredible diversity of life on Earth. Students also explore the history, culture, environmental issues, and service opportunities of the local region.
The course begins in the Fall at NEC with classroom, field and lab components, and culminates in the field trip to Belize during January Term. Three days are spent inland, exploring the tropical rainforest and Mayan culture, and seven days are spent on an island in the Caribbean Sea, studying the life in and around a tropical barrier reef.
Please note that students taking this course must be comfortable swimming in deep water for extended periods of time, riding in boats, and taking extended hikes. Snorkeling gear, including at least a mask, snorkel, and fins, and possibly including gloves, a wet/dry suit, and a personal flotation device is required, as well as a valid passport for international travel during January. (A Visa may be necessary for international students.)
Click here to see the course syllabus for January 2011
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Click here to see the course blog for January 2011