By choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, biological sciences students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Goucher biological majors also frequently participate in semester and yearlong programs at these universities:

Please Note: Programs at these universities may not be eligible for credit without prior approval. Please contact the Office of International Studies to learn more about approved study-abroad programs.

The biological sciences department offers two study abroad programs.

Tropical Marine Biology

The coral reef of the Caribbean continental shelf is the largest in the Western Hemisphere, and the area off the northwest coast of Roatan, Honduras, features more than 30 miles of fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, and an extraordinary variety of marine life.

In this three-week course at the Roatan Institute for Marine Studies, students will explore the endangered coral reefs of Honduras through dives, field experiments, and lectures emphasizing the analysis of the reef’s structure and function. The course also includes an excursion to lowland rainforests on the Honduras mainland.

For more information, visit the Office of International Studies.

Costa Rica: Global-Local Challenges to Sustainability

"Global-Local Challenges to Sustainability: The Costa Rican Experience" is a 15-week program open to all majors. A cooperative program between Mount Holyoke College and Goucher, the program takes place at the Monteverde Institute and focuses on the meanings and implications of "sustainability," blending international study and applied research. Nestled in the Tilaran mountain range of Costa Rica, Monteverde is located approximately 80 km northwest of San Jose, Costa Rica's capital. Monteverde's beauty and exceptional biodiversity make it a destination for ecotourists and research biologists.

The program consists of four 4-credit courses, including three core courses: Spanish Language and Culture, Environmental Sustainability, and Development and Social Change in Costa Rica. For the fourth course in applied research, students can choose between Field Methods in Tropical Ecology and Topics in the Social Sciences. This unique Goucher program can fulfill up to four general education requirements towards graduation. At least one prior semester of Spanish language study is strongly recommended for participants.

The Costa Rican Experience program includes experiential site visits to San Jose, the Arenal volcano region, and Nicaragua. While in Monteverde, students stay with host families. All meals are provided by the host family unless other arrangements are made.
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