Studying in another part of the world or country can be a valuable part of your academic journey and a chance to further broaden your scope of knowledge on living things through application in a different context.
Some things to consider as a biology major as you plan your off-campus study experience:
- Junior year generally works best to study off-campus, especially if taking organic chemistry, as those courses have usually been completed by then (during freshman and sophomore years).
- Courses that can be taken off-campus include marine biology, conservation, ecology and vertebrae zoology. Some courses have an equivalent at Hope but many that are not offered here can still count toward your biology major.
- Some courses and programs are language immersion and require a certain language competency level.
- Several pre-health courses are offered through off-campus study.
- It is important to meet with your academic advisor regarding the courses you plan on taking off-campus.
- CIEE Bonaire - Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation
- SIT Tanzania - Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
- Creation Care Study Program (Belize or New Zealand)
- ACM Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment
- CIEE Biology and Ecology Field Studies (Asia or Australia)
- Organization for Tropical Studies (Costa Rica or South Africa)
- IES Galapagos Islands Direct Enrollment - GAIAS
Biology Department May Terms
Field studies in Biology (Galapagos islands, ecuador)
"My experience in Kaikoura was incredible. We were surrounded by an amazing array of marine life: dolphins, seals, whales, albatross and even penguins. My experience helping the Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute with Hector's and Dusky dolphin surveys really helped me develop a research focus for a future in ecological graduate work. I loved being a part of endangered species conservation. I was immersed in a town where every factor (tourism, fisheries, geological landscapes, the behavior of wild animals, etc.) was important for establishing a healthier relationship with the creatures we share the planet with."
— Jennifer Fuller ’17