Patagonia, the Galapagos Islands, the Serengeti Plains: in the month of May, students have the opportunity to travel with faculty to locations throughout the world to study unique ecosystems. Maymester courses give students “hands on” experiences in the biology of different environments. In addition, these courses provide exciting encounters with different cultures.

Recent Maymester courses include:


PastedGraphic-1Dr. Grim and Dr. Gordon traveled with students to the Chilean Patagonia. The group spent time exploring the ice cap, maritime temperate, and temperate highland climates of Magallanes y la Antarctica Chilena region, especially the UNESCO – MAB Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park. When visiting and studying this park, students were exposed to glaciers and glacial geology, as well as the native floral/fauna of the region. This Maymester focused on the unique plants, animals, and cultures that thrive within each habitat. The conservation efforts and governmental legislation designed to protect the natural history and agroecology of Chile was also a topic discussed in this course.


The Galapagos Islands and the Ecuadorian Amazon

Dr. Nash and Dr. Rischbieter traveled with students to explore this beautiful part of the world. The group spent one week following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin in the Galapagos Islands studying both terrestrial and marine ecosystems.  They then traveled to the highlands of Ecuador and the famous Otovalo Market and explored the Amazon River.


Serengeti Safari

web-travel-course46IMG_0388Students traveled with Dr. Zimmerman to Tanzania to study the animals of the famous game parks of the Serengeti Plains. They observed the behavior of the large mammals of the area: elephants, lions, cape buffalo, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, and many more. They also experienced the diverse culture of Tanzania and visited agricultural Bantu and semi-nomadic Maasi villages as well as the urban environment of Arusha. Students explored the origin of modern humans with a visit to Oldavai Gorge.


An application is required. To learn more about the requirements and the application process, please contact the Office of International Programs at 864.938.3777 or