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*WKU Faculty Led: Biodiversity in Costa Rica (Gatton Academy Only)
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Program Cost: Winter
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2017 11/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Good Academic Standing with WKU Program Catagory: WKU Faculty Led
Faculty Leader:
Philips, Keith, Strode, Derick
Program Description:


This course will expose students to many aspects of tropical biology while exploring habitats in a biodiversity hot-spot. Students will experience several of the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on the planet in a tropical environment. Students will have hands on research experiences conducting forest based projects. Through this course they will develop an understanding of evolution, diversity, ecology and behavior of many organisms that live in a variety of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. This course will also assist students in developing critical thinking skills while engaging in hands-on research. 

Gatton Academy in Costa Rica

Courses Offered
  • BIOL 485: Costa Rican Biodiveristy Studies and Research

Logistical Considerations 

  • The course includes a group flight that originates and returns to Louisville.

  • Overnight stay in Louisville the night before departure for Costa Rica.

  • Study Abroad courses are not eligible for employee tuition waiver.

  • Independent travel is not permitted.
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