VCU Faculty-Led Programs

VCU Faculty-Led programs are trips that involve instruction abroad, typically during winter intersession, spring break or summer. Bellow is a sampling of some of the science based programs. For a full list, visit the Global Education Offices website.

Costa Rica Tropical Biology
– Travel to Costa Rica during the summer
– Credits received in BIOL
– Fulfills one upper-level lab experience

Course Overview: During this summer session we will be able to recognize the vast diversity of species in the Tropics. We will visit tree Biological stations which represent examples of two distinct biomes, tropical rain forest and tropical dry forest, and an example of a botanical garden with one of the most diverse species of palm trees. During these visits we will learn the different interactions that occur between the organisms within each biological station and recognize how this interactions can fluctuate accordingly to the environment. We will develop mini research projects and collect enough data to have a presentations and scientific papers at each station. We will also have the opportunity to interact with local scientists and scientist from around the world and learn from their research. We will have opportunity to visit briefly a volcano and in the route observed the changes in the vegetation as we go to a high altitude. We will also have an opportunity to visit briefly the pacific coast, with the different characteristics of the sand formation (mostly volcanic in nature) and interact with the local community.

Panama Avian Field Ecology
-Travel to Panama during winter intersession
-Course continues to meet during spring
-Credit can be received as BIOL or ENVS credit
Panama horseback

Paleoanthropology and the Legacy of Human Evolution
-Travel to Johannesburg and Cape Town during summer
-Credits are received in ANTH and BIOL
South Africa Human Evolution 2

Plants of China: Scientific and Cultural Significance
-Travel to China during summer
-Credits are received in BIOL and HUMSChina Bio Head

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