Tropical Ecology and Conservation – Belize

ENS 440 – Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Undergraduates – 3 credit hours; graduates – 4 credit hours
Days in Belize: 31 May – 5 June
Lectures: Online

Course Description:  We will investigate the abiotic and biotic factors that make up the tropical ecosystem.  We will also explore some of the social, economic, and political influences that are pressuring tropical ecosystems.  Emphasis will be placed on the need for and methods of conservation of tropical ecosystems.

Course Outcomes:  By the end of this course students are expected to demonstrate
1)    define “the tropics” in a geographical sense
2)    identify climatic and biological characteristics of tropical ecosystems
3)    identify several major tropical ecosystem types
4)    describe a number of the important interspecific interactions in tropical ecosystems
5)    demonstrate competence in the collection, organization, and analysis of data
6)    written and oral communication of one’s own work and constructive criticism of the work of peers
7)     understand engaged approaches to tropical conservation

Estimated Program Fee: $1850.  Includes all transportation, lodging, meals (except for 1 dinner), entrances and guide fees.  Does not include UIS tuition/fees, passport, or insurance.

Applicants do not need to be degree-seeking students at UIS.