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Honors Travel Course offering 3 credits, January 1 – 20, 2017

Evolution, Ecology and Conservation in Ecuador and the Galapagos (Field Biology) Galapagos/Quito, Ecuador
Sponsored by the College of Staten Island and the City University of New York

Program Cost
Program Cost for CUNY students: $5,520
International Airfare: $800
Departure Tax, Books, and Personal Expenses: $300
Note: All dates and costs subject to change. Non-NY residents
and non-CUNY students may have a higher program cost. Participation in Macaulay travel programs will be underwritten through the Opportunities Fund. All Opportunities Fund eligibility requirements must be met.

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is recognized as one of Ecuador’s leading institutions of higher education. Quito is located in the Andean mountain region, more than 9,000 feet about sea level. The “living laboratory” of the Galapagos archipelago, set in the Pacific Ocean some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast, consist of 61 islands and islets. The Galapagos are a “United Nations World Natural Heritage Site”, a national park and marine reserve.

Program Overview
This course examines theories that have shaped the concept of evolution, and how Darwin’s experience in the Galapagos Islands influenced his ideas. The field research component of the course focuses on the evidence presented by animals and plants of the Galapagos that illustrates the relationships among taxonomy, comparative anatomy, embryology, physiology, genetics, paleontology and the theory of evolution. Prerequisite: One semester of General Biology

Eligibility & Application Requirements
Application deadline: October 19, 2016

  1. Both programs are open to all Macaulay Scholars in the sophomore year and above.
  2. Note that there is a biology course pre-requisite for the Galapagos Island/Ecuador course. However, with the permission of the instructors, a course in chemistry, physics, or another science may also count towards this prerequisite. See the application form for further details. Please note: seats are limited.
  3. Application and statement of justification must be received by Mr. Chris Daversa, Associate Director of Student Development, at the Macaulay Honors College office no later than October 19, 2016. Students will receive notification of acceptance by November 2, 2016.
  4. You may request funding from the Opportunities Fund, up to and including your sophomore and/or junior spending limits, to help cover study abroad costs for these two programs. You must submit Opportunities Fund requests during the Fall 2016 access period.
  5. If your application is accepted, you will enroll for the relevant course (at College of Staten Island) through CUNY’s cross-campus registration process: e-permit. Please consult your Honors Advisor for more information about this process.