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The School for Field Studies - Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems: Biodiversity, Conservation, Development
Atenas, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Sponsor: Field Studies 
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Lang. of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.6
Housing: Residence Hall Program Type: Off-Campus Study
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geography, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Sciences, Tourism, Zoology
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SUSTAINING TROPICAL ECOSYSTEMS:
BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION, & DEVELOPMENT,
COSTA RICA


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session I
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session II)
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Students explore and address key features of sustainable development strategies including the most pressing challenges occurring at the intersection of conservation and economic progress. Through coursework, students gain an understanding of the complex interrelations between economic development, land-use, the provision of ecosystem services, and global climate change from socioeconomic, ecological and natural resources management perspectives
  • Explore the biological diversity of the rainforests of Braulio Carrillo National Park in the Volcanic Cordillera Conservation Area
  • Compare and contrast biodiversity protection in examples of conventional and organic agriculture
  • Study water and waste management approaches on the Tárcoles River
  • Evaluate tourism services and park management practices in Poás Volcano National Park
  • Apply the fundamentals of the scientific method by designing and conducting a practical field project oriented toward the achievement of conservation goals
  • Learn about climate change mitigation and adaptation in Central America, as well as strategies in the context of international policy frameworks


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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-MAR-2018 31-MAR-2018 TBA TBA