The Biology department offers 2 travel classes during the academic year. Details are listed below for each course.
Tropical Marine Biology (BIOL 383)
Students travel to San Salvador island (Bahamas) during spring break. Activities for the course include the observation and identification of marine organisms while snorkeling among them in the crystal clear water over coral reefs. Many species of fish
and marine invertebrates are identified, and their behaviors are observed as they interact in and around the habitat provided by the coral reefs.
In addition to coral reef investigations, students observe the organisms that inhabit the mangroves and turtle grass beds of Pigeon Creek. They explore the tidal pools and tidal flats at low tide, and collect and observe the many animals that inhabit
this unique system. Caves, both aquatic and terrestrial, and local historical landmarks like the Sandy Point Estate and the lighthouse are also visited during the trip. The course involves a great deal of physical activity including swimming and hiking.
Evening activities include lectures that help with the identification of organisms observed as well as discussion of the day’s activities. Snorkeling equipment is provided. There are several required meetings that occur during the spring semester prior
to the trip. All students must have a valid passport to travel to the Bahamas. More information can be found on the Bahamas Brochure or by contacting Dr. Greg Andraso or Dr. Mike Ganger.
Ecology of Yellowstone National Park (BIOL 384)
This travel course is offered during the summer (end of June). Students in the course examine many aspects of Yellowstone National Park. Topics covered include grizzly bears, wolf reintroduction, impact of fires, geysers and past volcanic activity, geological
history including earthquakes, and the herbivores of the park (bison, moose, antelope and elk.) One day is spent at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman reviewing their dinosaur exhibit and getting a behind-the-scenes tour.
Course objectives for the class include:
- To study the fauna and flora of Yellowstone National Park Ecosystem.
- To study the geological history and volcanic processes native to Yellowstone National Park Ecosystem.
- To investigate current issues involved in the management of the Yellowstone National Park Ecosystem.
More information can be found here or by contacting Dr.Steven J. Ropski.