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 Tropical Ecology Field Studies (BIOSC30L)

A one unit class offered by Mission College where students experience tropical ecology first hand in the rainforests of Costa Rica. 

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Take One or Both Classes

BIO 030 • Online lecture class • offered Fall and  Spring semesters   
The amazing diversity of life in the tropics is the subject of this introductory level class.  Students explore rainforest inhabitants and their relationships, and learn about their value and conservation.

BIO 030L • Held over Spring Break 
(next offering TBA)
In this introductory level class, students carry out research methods that ecologists use to observe and investigate tropical ecosystems. This lab course may be taken with or without BIOSC 030, Tropical Ecology. The class will meet once on campus during the Spring semester and travel to Costa Rica during Spring Break.  Students will have the opportunity to skywalk above the rainforest canopy, bird watch, visit a butterfly farm, and take night hikes to see and hear the amazing rainforest after dark. 

These classes are UC and CSU transferrable, have no pre-requisites and can be taken as Pass/No Pass. 

Program Costs for Spring Break Trip

Total program fee for travel to Costa Rica over Spring break including airfare, travel insurance, lodging, meals, transportation, entrance fees, and all activities have been approximately $2500 total.  Students must have a current and valid passport.


Link to a recent workshop about the program hosted by the professor here:

Tropical Ecology workshop, June 24th