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*WKU Faculty Led: Biodiversity in Costa Rica- Group 1 (Gatton Academy Only)
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Cost: Winter
Program Dates:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Number of Credits:
Credit Type:
WKU Credit
Field of Study:
Minimum GPA:
Good Academic Standing with WKU
Program Catagory: WKU Faculty Led
Faculty Leader:
Stone, Martin, Strode, Derick
Class Eligibility: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:


Biodiversity in Costa Rica- Group 1

Dr. Martin Stone

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. 

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.
Gatton Academy in Costa Rica 2

This program is currently not accepting applications.