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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Program Cost: January Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Subject Areas: Biology Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:

Animal Behavior in Ecuador
 JT23 Ecuador
Program Highlights
  • Develop specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in Animal Behavior.
  • Work in groups to complete lab projects based on behavioral research of llamas, farm animals, and pigeons.
  • Develop knowledge of diverse perspectives, global awareness, and other cultures
  • Prerequisites: BIOL 101 OR 102 OR 105 OR 207, AND BIOL 208, AND a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended. Credit will not be given for both this course and either BIOL 330 or BIOL 331
  • Fulfills: BIOL 330: Biology major elective credit (with lab), Neuroscience core requirement (in place of BIOL 330)                                               
Course Description
This course will blend together instruction on a core subject in biology – animal behavior – with an immersive natural and cultural experience in one of the most diverse countries in the world. The core biological content of the course focuses on the physiological, ecological, and evolutionary processes that explain the diversity of animal behavior. The course explores both proximate (or mechanistic) and ultimate (or evolutionary) explanations for behavior. An emphasis will be the causes and consequences of the evolution of social behavior and will include information about human behavior – from an evolutionary perspective. Students will be able to complete small-scale animal behavior research projects from start to finish in locations that will challenge and broaden their cultural perspective. They will also be able to learn from partners in rural and urban communities.
Program Structure
Active learning and discussion based. Much of the Animal Behavior lecture content delivery will be small group work in outdoor classrooms. The lab work will focus on quasi-independent research where students will be able to test their own hypotheses and engage in the scientific process from start to finish. Students will also engage in independent writing by creating a blog post that’s related to animal behavior but is inspired by their experiences in Ecuador. About 20% of the time will be spent on cultural excursions and related discussions led primarily by guests.

Location and Dates
January 4   Depart MSP for Quito
January 28 Depart Quito for MSP
Two exams    26% 
Four quizzes  7%
Literature discussion and reflection  7%
Blog post  25%
Statistics primer 2%
Onsite projects proposals 15%
Final products  20%
Housing and Meals
Students will share twin hotel accommodations. Some meals are included.

Program Cost link above. 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 spaces 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
Financial Aid/Scholarships
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 the program directors:
Prof. Adam Kay,

On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | |

This program is currently not accepting applications.