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Quito and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Spring Break 2019 - Biology of Animals ( BIOL1020/1021)

Program Description 
Biology of Animals fulfills the Global Citizenship requirements for the Physical and Natural World and Critical thinking. However, this experience allows students to study unique animal species in one of the world’s most extraordinary settings — the Galápagos Islands. Encounter the fascinating wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Visits to the islands were initially reserved for scientists and exotic vacations for the rich. Only five of the islands are permanently inhabited, making the Galapagos a uniquely pristine environment for the tortoises, sea turtles, marine iguanas, and hundreds of other species living there. This experience, made possible by a unique partnership between Webster University and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), it is based at USFQ’s Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on Isla San Cristobal. This program gives students the chance to study in a region renowned for its extraordinary number of endemic species and designated by UNESCO as both a World Heritage site and a Biosphere Reserve. Students will explore San Cristobal and Espanola islands over 5 days. They will snorkel and observe coral reefs, colorful fish, sea turtles, Darwin sharks and Blue footed boobies. They will learn about restoration efforts at the Giant tortoise preserve. They will learn about competition between native and invasive animal species and conservation efforts.

Giant Tortoise

Program Highlights

  • There is no better laboratory for animals biology field studies than the Galapagos Islands.
  • This program is open to all majors and counts for Physical and Natural World (PNW) and Critical Thinking (CRI) Global Citizenship Program (GCP) credit.  
  • Meet the nine animals you will only find on the Galapagos.
  • This program is open to all majors.
  • This is an online plus immersion course so students from any campus may participate.

Online Course Dates: January 14 - May 10, 2019
Travel Dates: March 8 - March 16, 2019

BIOL 1020/1021: Biology of Animals - 3 credits hour (Online) 

Professor: Stephanie Schroeder
Introduces the fascinating world of animals, from the tiny water flea to the elephant. Examines the challenges in their lives and the ways they meet them, including the search for food sources and shelter, reproduction, and internal stability. Laboratory required. BIOL 1020 and BIOL 1021 must be taken concurrently. Intended for non-majors. The lecture portion of the course will be online, and the laboratory portion of this course will be held in the Galapagos, Ecuador.

This program is open to all majors and counts for Physical and Natural World (PNW) and Critical Thinking (CRI) Global Citizenship Program (GCP) credit.  

Prerequisites: None, but students must take both BIOL 1020 and BIOL 1021 as part of the program.

Program Flyer
Biology of Animals (BIO 1020/1021)

Program Cost
Application Deposit: $165 (due at the time of application)
Study Abroad Fee: $175 (covers international insurance & ISIC card)
Program Fee: $3,065 
What's Included: Tuition (4 credit hours)* On-site required co-curricular activities. Round-trip airfare from Quito the Galapagos, most meals and double accommodation
What's Not Included: Application deposit, some meals, round-trip airfare from the US to Ecuador, personal spending money and study abroad fee.

Tentative Program Itinerary TBA

Students may be eligible for Webster study abroad scholarships.  Please reference the Study Abroad website for more information.

Spring Break scholarship deadline- November 15th

Application Process  
Application Deadline:  November 15th, 2019

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the study abroad fee, write a brief statement of purpose, and submit a passport sized photos. 

*The $165 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met: 1) Student attends the program 
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys 3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

Information Session Ecuador and the Galapagos Programs
Biology of Animals and Evolution Lab, Spring Break 2019
Date: Tuesday, November 6th 
Time: 12pm
Location: Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB), Room 140

Students under waterfall in Quito