The program presents biological, chemical, geological and physical coastal systems concepts to help students make observations and draw conclusions about the dynamics of coastal environments within the context of sustainability and human interactions with those systems. Students will apply the scientific method to a variety of hands-on learning experiences, including labs, field studies and service learning projects. They will also evaluate human impacts and conservation strategies relevant to earth and water resources, both at home in the Midwest, and abroad in the Caribbean’s Virgin Islands.
Coastal Environments and Sustainability Experiential Field Study
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: This program will next be offered during Summer 2018.
- Program OrganizationStudents will spend 8 days on the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Each day will consist of two 3 hour sessions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – in which students will participate in field studies, research, service learning projects, lectures, and/or cultural studies activities. Each day will also include 1-3 hours of recreation time for students to explore the local surroundings or work on their projects. Recreational activities may include guided snorkeling, swimming, or kayaking, beach relaxation, visits to local cultural and historical sites, and/or guided hikes. A 1-2 hour structured instructional activity (discussion, lecture, group project work, video) will occur each evening after dinner.
- Academic Program
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science students wishing to earn capstone course credit towards their degree, or Geology majors wishing to participate in the experiential field study should enroll in GEOL-G 488 Global Cycles + British Virgin Islands Experiential Field Study; this course is worth 3 credits
- Junior and senior level Geology, SPEA, Anthropology, Tourism and Science (pr other majors, see below) students wishing to take an experiential field study course (with RISE components) should enroll in GEOL-G 420 British Virgin Islands Experiential Field Study; this course is worth 2 credits.
- Upon returning to IUPUI, students will work in small groups to prepare a formal paper and oral presentation based on their focus project topic and research.
- Additional Information
For Bachelor of Science of Environmental Studies students wishing to use this course as their capstone:
- Completed School of Science undergraduate Baccalaureate Requirements as outlined in the campus bulletin.
- Completed the BSES Program / Major Competencies as outlined in the campus bulletin.
- Completed at least one class in BSES Area IV Earth and Water Resources Concentration requirements.
- Senior class standing.
For students from other degree tracks wishing to take this course as a Study Abroad, Environmental Science, and/or RISE course:
- At least one course in chemistry, biology, and earth sciences (at least three science courses).
- Completion of general core curriculum including Core Communication, Analytical Reasoning, Cultural Understanding, Life and Physical Sciences, Arts/Humanities, and Social Sciences courses.
- Junior or Senior class standing.
- No language requirements; all fieldwork will be led by native English speakers.
- In addition to the academic requirements listed above, students must meet certain physical requirements in order to fully participate in the field study program. Students must exhibit a level of physical fitness that will allow them to participate in activities that include recreational level swimming, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, and conducting fieldwork in a tropical environment.
For more information please contact Lecturer and Program Coordinator Jennifer Nelson: firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 274-7732
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- While on St. Croix, the group will reside at Discovery Grove, an experiential learning camp located on the grounds of an historic sugar plantation near the North Shore. Students will live in separate male and female cabins, and will meet at a common dining hall for meals prepared by DG staff.
- While on Jost Van Dyke, the group will reside at Ivan’s White Bay Campground. Students will live in separate male and female cabins, and will meet in a common area for meals, lectures, and course?related activities.
- Program Eligibility
You may apply if you:
- are an undergraduate student at any Indiana University campus who is making normal academic progress
- have approximately a 2.75 cumulative GPA
Complete eligibility criteria and selection criteria are outlined within the Academic Policies and Procedures of the Office of Overseas Study. Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are ineligible.
- Costs and Financial Aid
Spring Break 2016
- Program Fee: $2000 (includes housing, meals, transportation on & between the islands, excursion fees, & admin fees)
- Airfare: $700 (approx.)
- Passport (if you don't have one): $135
- Snorkel Gear (mask, fins, snorkel): $75
- Peronal Gear (sunscreen, bug spray, rash guard, hat): $60 (approx.)
- Int'l Health Insurance: $30
- Study Abroad Administration Fee: $80
- Vaccinations and Medical Visit: $230
- Estimated total mandatory expenses: $3,310 + standard tuition and fees
Additional Optional Expenses
- Trip Insurance: $50
- Recommended Gear (head lamp, rain jacket, water shoes, backpack): $150
- Emergency Money (cash): $100
- Estimated total optional expenses: $300
Costs will vary depending on the current exchange rate, airfare, and individual expenditures. Estimate does not include tuition. For information on tuition cost, visit the Office of the Bursar’s Tuition & Fee Estimator. Tuition fees will be affected by your student status at IUPUI.
Financial Aid and Scholarships:
- IU scholarships, grants and loans applicable to program costs with some exceptions. Please carefully check these exceptions before you commit to a program.
- Visit abroad.iupui.edu for information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities specific to study abroad.
Please see our financial aid page for general information and links to additional scholarship opportunities.