Tropical Ecology of Belize, BIO 420/520, is an intensive, two week, international field course designed primarily for majors in biology, natural science, and related fields, yet it is open to students of all majors.


This course introduces you to the general principles of tropical ecology, emphasizing forest and marine ecology, conservation, biodiversity concepts, plant and animal interactions and adaptations, effects of human disturbance on native flora and fauna, and field research techniques.

You will develop and apply skills in field research and in using the scientific method. You will conduct two independent research projects, one in a rainforest system and one in a marine system.

The course is 3 credit hours and a special fee applies.