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FSA Course Details

Blocks One and Two:
Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced Spanish

Two Block Spanish Program in partnership with IFSA-Butler and the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. Students earn 2 units of Spanish at the 100, 200, or 300 level depending upon their score on the online placement test taken over the summer. Lodging will be with Heredia family homestays for these two blocks and participate in extra-curricular activities, service opportunities, and field trips to get to know the local area and the Costa Rican culture.

Successful completion of these two blocks will satisfy the language requirement for graduation. 100 and 200 level Spanish courses do not fulfill the Spanish major or minor requirements. At the end of the 2 blocks, students will take another placement test that will determine which CC Spanish course they are eligible to take upon returning to campus.

Block 3:
EV120: "Cloud Forest Ecology and Conservation" with Professors Miro Kummel

Based in a tropical rain forest biological preserve in Monteverde, students will learn about the major groups of organisms comprising the cloud forest including their taxonomy, evolutionary history, and ecology. We will examine the dynamics of biodiversity in cloud forests and learn about management and conservation of the ecosystem. The course will involve a lot of field work, discussions, and close reading of primary scientific literature. Meets Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigations of the Natural World: Lab/Field. 

Block 4:
EV220 “Ecology and Conservation of Coral Reefs and Lowland Tropical Rainforests” with Professors Miro Kummel and Emilie Gray (proposed)

We will continue to explore the dynamics of tropical diversity, focusing on lowland tropical forests in central and southern Belize, and on coral reefs along its barrier reef. We will compare the lowland forests in Belize with the cloud forests of Costa Rica in terms of community composition and ecological dynamics. We end by exploring coral reefs and mangrove forests to compare their diversities and ecologies with those of our mainland sites. In this course, we will explore potential mechanisms responsible for the maintenance of diversity in tropical forests and coral reefs—the two most diverse systems on the planet – through more field work, discussions, and close reading of primary scientific literature. Meets Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigations of the Natural World.