Study Abroad For Biology Majors

You can be a biology major and study off campus for one or two semesters of your junior year!

One year options require careful planning. It is particularly important that you are well along on the major (i.e., you have completed the introductory sequence)  and that you have completed your chemistry requirement (depending on your track and career goals) before going abroad.  In the case of students who start chemisty their second year at the College, this may in some cases (for example, biolog premeds) require taking two semesters of organic chemistry in the summer.  Please see your advisor about this as early as possible.

In your year away, you may take up to two courses for credit towards the biology.  Any additional courses in biology will not count towards the major and in any case we encourage students studying in a foreign country to take as many cultural courses as possible while there.

Additional information about universities with which we partner for full year study abroad programs can be found at the Study Abroad program website.

One semester options: These are much easier for a biology major to accomplish but once again, taking advantage of this option requires careful, early planning.  The department has been fortunate that many of its students have been accepted to these programs and have had wonderful and intellectually fulfilling experiences.  Here are links to the websites of the three programs where CHC biology students most commonly study.  Additional information can also be found at the Study Abroad program website.  Also, specific faculty members act as resources for each of these programs -- their names and links to their webpages are given with each program (given alphabetically):

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS): A program run by Duke University and a consortoium of other institutions, this world-renown program specializes in both undergraduate and graduate courses. Undergraduate courses are in field tropical ecology or global health (both in Costa Rica and both including home stays with a Costa Rica family and intensive Spanish) African ecology in South Africa (including one course on South African HIstory and Culture) and a summer research program (highly competitive) at the LaSelva Biological Research Station in Costa Rica.

Additoinal information: Prof. Ken Prestwich & Dr. Cathy Langtimm


School for Field Studies (SFS): Know for its excellent diverse offerings at many locations (Turks & Caicos Islands, Kenya & Tanzania, Australia/New Zealand, Costa Rica, Panama and Bhutan) SFS offers courses in a variety of topics related to conservation, ecology, marine biology and public health. 
Additoinal information -- Prof. William Sobczak or Prof. Robert Bertin (on leave F'12 & S'13)


Sea Semester:With the arrival of our new marine biologist, Prof Justin McAlister, we hope to increase interest in this premier program of study of the world's oceans. Headquartered in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Sea Education Association's programs cover a wide range of scientific and cultural topics that cater to students from across the sciences, environmental studies, and the humanities.  All of SEA's semester-long programs involve a mix of coursework on shore in Woods Hole and hands-on, experiential education at sea onboard one of their purposely built ships, the SSV Corwith Cramer and the SSV Robert C. Seamans.  Time at sea involves a mix of oceanographic sampling, sail-training, and cultural study with ports-of-call in either the islands of the Caribbean or Polynesia.  You really need to visit their webpage to see the richness of the semester experiences that are offered by SEA.

Additoinal information -- Prof. Justin McAlister (SEA Alum, C-139).