This course includes a spring break trip abroad investigating living organisms in their natural habitat. Students will participate in pre-trip seminars on the country, local flora, fauna and habitats they will visit. Students will design a project to integrate their personal interests and objections with in-country investigation. Post-trip seminar will focus on preparation of project and its presentation. Prereq: BIOL 413 and 414, or BIOL 411 and 412. Permission required. May be repeated if the spring break trip is to a different country.
Section Comments: Concurrent registration with INCO 589.M1, CRN 55600. Includes spring break trip to Iceland. Course fee TBD
Instructor permission required.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Study Away
Additional Course Details:
Students will discover the world of science and nature in Iceland with a focus on the geothermal and geologic wonders of Iceland—hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles, volcanic craters and more—as well as the biology and microbiology of the subarctic. From the capital Reykjavik students travel the popular Golden Circle route and see Gullfoss and other famous waterfalls, the Geysir geothermal area, geothermal plants and elaborate greenhouses powered by Iceland’s natural energy sources. Students will also experience the black-sand beaches of Vik and other excursions in Hvolsvöllur. In this course, students will meet before the Spring Break in weekly sessions to prepare for their travel as well as to design and develop a scientific project of their own that they will carry out while in Iceland and present after their return at the Undergraduate Research Conference in April 2020.
This course will meet the Advanced Microbiology upper level course requirement for Biotech majors.