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The Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences offers a variety of study abroad opportunities that expose students to the social and scientific dimensions of environmental dilemmas around the world.
Sea Kayak Expedition to Baja California
Each winter we offer two courses, Writing Natural History (ENVS 142) and The Natural History of Baja (ENVS 144) that involve course work performed on the SCU campus during Winter Quarter coupled with a week long sea kayak expedition in Baja California over Spring Break.
Study Abroad in Costa Rica During the Summer
The Costa Rica summer program offers a small cohort of students the opportunity to experience the biodiversity of a Costa Rican tropical rainforest. All students in the Costa Rica study abroad program will enroll in two 5 unit courses: 1) ANTH 197: Field Course: Primate Behavioral Ecology; and 2) ENVS 134: Plant Ecology in the Tropics. Students have two weeks of field instruction at SCU, followed by two weeks at the La Suerte Biological Field Station in Costa Rica where they gain hands-on experience in community ecology and animal behavior. A typical days involves fieldwork (e.g. hiking, data collection) and afternoon lectures and discussions. The final week of the course takes place on the SCU campus where students interpret and present projects.
Environmentally Focused Abroad Programs
In addition, many of our students spend a semester in Kenya, Costa Rica, Mexico, Turks & Caicos, or Australia through the School for Field Studies. The Organization for Tropical Studies is another popular option with programs in both Costa Rica and South Africa.
Other study abroad opportunities can be explored at: SCU Study Abroad Programs.