Project Description



Sara RuaneProfessor
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Jessica WareProfessor
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Tropical Field Biology

A two-week hands-on course for Biology majors interested in biodiversity. Students spend one week on the fields of Baja, Mexico and another at Rutgers-Newark. In partnership with Islands & Seas, students gain first-hand field experience. This course satisfies a biology lab requirement. Goals include: comprehension of the value of global biodiversity; understanding field methods used by scientists for observing and documenting organisms, keeping a field notebook throughout the trip; fluency in safety and precautionary methods for fieldwork; first-hand observation of the lives and cultural values of a fishing ejido (community collective) in Baja, California, Mexico.



Program Dates


Who Can Participate

  • Rutgers undergraduate students who have:
    • completed 12+ credits
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Rutgers graduate students

No previous knowledge of Spanish is required in order to apply for this program.

Related Areas of Study

  • Social Work
  • Ecology

Important Note: This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from all majors and professions for participate. All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Course Code:

Students self-register in Webreg and choose the following course:

    • (TBA).



Travel and Visa Information:

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US Citizens do not need a visa for visits to Mexico that are shorter than 30 days.

Pre-Departure Resources:

US State Department

Center for Disease Control.


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