WCSU to offer spring break study-abroad opportunity in Costa Rica

DANBURY, CONN. —The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Western Connecticut State University will offer an opportunity during the spring semester to study turtle conservation in Costa Rica as part of Bio 198, “Introduction to Tropical Field Biology.” Students enrolled in the course will spend a week in March 2014 conducting research at the Goldring-Gund Marine Biology Station in Playa Grande, Costa Rica, alongside students from Purdue and Drexel universities.

The course will offer four WCSU credits that fulfill a general education lab science requirement and non-science majors can also enroll. In addition to the lab work taking place from March 15–23, 2014, the course will include pre- and post-trip meetings and a final exam.

The program travel fee of $2,200 will cover airfare, two meals a day, local transportation within Costa Rica, course activities and supplies, and emergency health insurance. Full-time matriculated students will pay the cost of the four course credits as part of their WCSU tuition payment for the spring semester; separate course credit fees will apply for participants who are not matriculated at WCSU on a full-time basis.

Applications to participate in the Costa Rica research course may be obtained online by accessing the program link provided on the WCSU Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences home page at www.wcsu.edu/biology. Completed applications must be submitted with a nonrefundable $500 deposit to the attention of Lisa Taylor at the department office in Room 220 of the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. For more information, contact Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Dora Pinou at (203) 837-8793 or pinout@wcsu.edu.


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