Neuroecology of The Bahamas
- This course is taught by two St. Thomas professors with expertise in neuroscience, ecology, and marine science.
- The program is based at a marine science center associated with the University of The Bahamas. Students will learn principles and techniques in neuroecology and will complete collaborative research projects.
- This is a physically demanding field course; students will be active outside every day.
- Prerequisites: BIOL 209 and one 300-level BIOL or NSCI course with a grade of C- or better, or permission of the instructor.
- Fulfills: This course satisfies a 400-level requirement for the BA and BS degrees in Biology, a capstone course for the Neuroscience major, an Ecosystem Health Cluster course for the Biology of Global Health major, and the Signature Work for the undergraduate core.
Neuroecology is a broad field that studies adaptive variation in behavior and the brain, with an emphasis on the interdependence between the nervous system and the environment. As an interdisciplinary course, NSCI 430 explores issues that intertwine the nervous system, the environment, climate change, land use, biodiversity, and health; as a study abroad course, it highlights differences and commonalities in challenges that span cultures, fostering communication about the connections that all humans share. Students will participate in classroom, lab, and field activities, including sampling and measuring environmental parameters, identifying habitats and organisms, and conducting experiments involving neural systems.
Students will participate in classroom, lab and/or field activities daily, which may include hiking, swimming, snorkeling, or caving. There will be scheduled time for reflection and analysis of course activities. Locations and subjects relevant to the history and culture of The Bahamas will also be explored. Students will be responsible for keeping a field journal, completing lab assignments, and designing and carrying out a final project.
This is a physically demanding field course and involves snorkeling. Students must be in good physical health. Students will be outside in conditions that can vary from hot and sunny to cold and rainy, so a good attitude and willingness to engage in the coursework despite varying weather conditions is a must. Students are expected to have their own snorkeling gear (instructors can give recommendations).
Location and Tentative Dates
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January 2 Classroom session at St. Thomas
January 3 Flight to Nassau, The Bahamas
January 4 Flight to San Salvador Island, The Bahamas
January 5-24 Field work at the Gerace Research Centre (GRC)
January 25 Flight to Nassau, The Bahamas
January 26 Depart Nassau, The Bahamas for return to the Twin Cities
Housing and Meals
Students will stay in dormitory housing at the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas. Each dorm room consists of between 4 to 6 beds. Students must provide their own linens and towels. Gerace will be providing students with three meals per day during their program.
Click on the Program Cost link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.
Application Procedures & Deadline
- Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
- Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
- Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
- Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures. You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2022
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2022
Students studying abroad during J-Term are generally only eligible for additional loans to help finance their study abroad costs. Please review Financial Aid for Study Abroad. Scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some Other Approved Programs. Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for details and review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information.
For more information
On course content, contact
Prof. Kurt Illig (email@example.com)
Prof. Brooke Vetter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | email@example.com | stthomas.edu/studyabroad