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Marine Biology and Tropical Ecology

July 10-25, 2014
Gales Point, Belize
Central America

Participation in this course during the summer requires that you are enrolled in SOC 127 in the spring prior to your summer course. If this is not a possibility, the pricing of the course changes slightly (please contact trimkus@marymount.edu for more details).

This intensive three-week program in Belize, sponsored by Marymount’s Center for Global Education and conducted through the University’s Biology Department, offers four MU credits for a Marine Biology and Tropical Ecology course. The course provides students with hands-on experience in reef, estuarine, mangrove, freshwater, and replanted jungle ecosystems, as well as opportunities to observe a complex manatee refuge, a tropical beach, and ecological relationships.

Program activities:

  • Coral reef exploration through snorkeling
  • Visit Mangrove swamps, nurseries of the sea
  • Live at a manatee preserve
  • Observe Hawksbill sea turtles being satellite tagged and laying eggs
  • Cultural activities such as a visit to Mayan ruins

BIO 127 Introduction to Marine Biology and Tropical Ecology, 4 credits (for non-Biology majors). This course will fulfill the core science requirement.


BIO 327 Marine Biology and Tropical Ecology, 4 credits (for Biology majors).

SOC 127 Through the Sociological Lens: Study Abroad Belize, 3 credits, to be taken in the spring semester prior to departure.

This course is an applied introductory-level Sociology class that focuses on Belize and is designed to be paired with BIO 127 or BIO 327. All students who register for this course will also register for BIO 127 or BIO 327 and travel to Belize during the summer semester. "Through the Sociological Lens" involves the study of the fundamental principles of social interaction. The course analyzes social relationships (family, peer, group, school, organization) and will focus on the importance of culture in day-to-day social interaction. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the discipline of sociology and the practical use of exploring the impact of social forces on everyday life. Sociology broadens social insights, fosters critical thinking, trains students in methods of gathering and analyzing data, and helps students develop their writing skills.

Program Cost
Summer Tuition - $3400 (4 credits for BIO 127 or BIO 327)
Program fee: $600

The program fee includes

  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Guided tours of coral reefs and Mayan ruins
  • Use of snorkeling gear
  • Medical Insurance & Emergency Travel Insurance

The program fee does not include textbooks or personal expenses.

* Marymount University reserves the right to make any necessary changes, including adjustments in cost, in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Financial aid may be applied to Study Abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office. Students are responsible for making all payments to Marymount University by the specified deadlines.

Applicants for this study abroad program must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and the approval of their academic advisor and School dean. Students on disciplinary probation will not be considered.

Students do not need a passport to apply for the program, but accepted applicants must provide the Center for Global Education with a copy of their passport before the time of departure. The passport application process takes four to six weeks. Applications for new and renewed passports can be downloaded from the State Department’s website or picked up at a post office.

Application deadline: December 1, 2013

Before you start the online application it is strongly recommended that you meet with a representative from the Center for Global Education. Schedule an appointment online using your MU ID and password.

Learn about the application process