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Southern Connecticut State University 

Department of Biology Presents:

International Field Study in Belize


Belize Application (PDF) - Please fill out and return to Engleman Hall 220.

Students enrolled in Southern's Belize 2018 Summer Program will be immersed in the culture and ecology of one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. Be prepared to examine the natural history, ecological processes and tropical ecosystems of Belize. The combination of low human population density and a variety of terrestrial and marine habitats provides an ideal home for hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, and thousands of species of plants and insects.

Practice various field biology techniques and integrate knowledge and methods from a variety of biological disciplines to explain the structure and preservation of tropical ecosystems. Identify and explain the ecological niche of a plethora of tropical species, and practice species identification and processing of a wide variety of animal taxa. Students must be capable of mildly strenuous exercise and tolerant of high temperatures and humidity.

Study in Belize allows students the opportunity to value the diversity of cultures and offers an astoundingly lush backdrop for moments of introspection. Experience the practices and culture of ancient and modern Maya civilization and sense their presence in current cultures and biological practices. Value the importance of outreach, ecotourism, and conservation while improving communication, collaborative and interpersonal skills with teamwork and interactions within the local community.

Prior to travel, students and instructor will meet on campus to discuss the history and evolution of the Maya civilization, patterns of global biodiversity and conservation, tropical ecology and taxa, and an introduction on safety as it relates to our travel itinerary. Post-trip classtime is reserved for student presentations.


BIO 327
Field Natural History In Belize (3 credits)

For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 
(203) 392-5222 or

*Deposits will be refunded in full if this application is rejected by the program Director.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Miranda Dunbar
Biology Department
JE 239
Phone: (203) 392-6221