Ecuador and Galapagos Islands


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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands:  Fall 3-WEEK; December, 2024

The Faculty

Mary Quade, Professor of English

Brad Goodner, Professor of Biology & Biomedical Humanities

The Course(s)

ENGL/BIOL:  Natural History in the 21st Century Prequel (1 credit hour during Fall 12-week session, 2024)

INTD 31800:  Natural History in the 21st Century (3 credit hours during Fall 3-week session, 2024)

the program

After a few days of class in Hiram, we will travel to Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, where we will spend a few days. Afterwards we fly to Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos for two days. The highlight of the program is an 8-day boat journey exploring the islands that most tourists do not get to experience due to strict conservation efforts.

interdisciplinary learning

The course will focus on the natural history of the Galapagos Islands, which figure prominently in the writings of Charles Darwin and other naturalists.  Fortunately for us, the islands and their biota are relatively intact and today we can make many of the same observations as these earlier visitors.  Current issues in natural history, conservation biology, and environmental preservation can be seen, studied, and understood from multiple perspectives in this World Heritage site. 

Topics to be covered include geology of the islands, the native wildlife (e.g., giant tortoise, iguanas, albatross, etc.) and introduced species, and the history of human inhabitants and the many visitors who came to explore and exploit the archipelago.  Much time will be spent engaging in writing about your experience, and we will practice techniques for writing about natural history for a general audience.

Trip Prerequisites/Requirements

Knowledge of Spanish is not required, but learning some is recommended to enhance the experience.

Participants must attend three orientation sessions: one on travel logistics and the remaining two on cultural topics that will be relevant to travels in Ecuador.

Students are responsible for obtaining a passport, passport fees and personal expenses.

Program Details

  • Estimated Costs:  $8,600 above tuition, room and board.  Costs include round trip airfare, housing, meals, entrance fees and tips.  Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not included.
  • Application Deadline: March 8, 2023; A $75 non-refundable fee is due upon receipt of your application.  This fee is used to pay for processing costs, passport holder, and luggage tags.