Biology and Darwin in the Galapagos and Quito, Ecuador | Macaulay Honors College

Biology and Darwin in the Galapagos and Quito, Ecuador

Honors Travel Course offering 3 credits, January 1 – 20, 2018

Program Cost

Program Cost for CUNY students: $5,350

Estimated additional costs:

  • International Airfare – $800
  • Books, personal expenses and extra meals – $300-$500.
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 and access is subject to continued fund availability. All Opportunities Fund eligibility requirements must be met.


Program Overview

Spend your winter in the “living laboratory” of the Galapagos archipelago some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast. The Galapagos are a “United Nations World Natural Heritage Site,” a national park, and marine reserve. But for you, they’re your classroom. When you’re not in the Galapagos, you’ll be in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and one of the most beautiful regions in Latin America. Located in the Andean mountains at the foot of Mount Pichincha at 9,200 feet above sea level, Quito has a spring-like climate all year. Preserved colonial churches, convents, and palaces all contrast with the contemporary architecture of modern Quito to provide you with a cosmopolitan city of great cultural diversity.

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 above sea level. The “living laboratory” of the Galapagos archipelago, set in the Pacific Ocean some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast, consists of 61 islands and islets. The Galapagos are a “United Nations World Natural Heritage Site”, a national park and a marine reserve.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the Galapagos and understand how the Islands influenced Darwin’s ideas regarding evolution during this unique three week field biology program offered in collaboration with the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY while earning 3 credits for BIO(H) 518 “Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation in Ecuador and the Galapagos.” 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. In addition, you will spend time in the capital city of Quito learning more about Ecuadorian culture and participate in short service placements while there.


Eligibility & Application Requirements

  1. CUNY students only. Students must be an honors student with the Macaulay (sophomore year and above), Verrazano or and equivalent honors program in their home CUNY school. Students who have been on the Dean’s List may also apply.
  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. You may request funding from the Opportunities Fund to help cover the costs of the program.
  4. 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 Macaulay Advisor for more information about this process.

For more information, please contact:

Veronica Maldonado

Veronica Maldonado
Assistant Dean for Student Services

Macaulay Honors College
(212) 729-2949(212) 729-2949
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