Honors Travel Course offering 3 credits, January 1 – 20, 2018
Program Cost for CUNY students: $5,350
Estimated additional costs:
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.
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.
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