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ESCI 200 / 494 / 594 – Environmental Earth Science in Ecuador

A Faculty-Led Study Abroad Experience in Ecuador

*** This Program is Full and Can Not Accept New Applicants

From snow-capped volcanoes to steamy tropical jungles, Ecuador is a small country with a very wide range of climates, landscapes, and cultures. Situated on the equator, the Andes divide the country into three distinct regions: the Amazon, the Coast, and the Cordillera (the spine of the Andes). Because of the unique topographic and climatic variations within Ecuador, this country is considered to be one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots. On this 12-day trip students will learn about the environment, landscapes, and cultures of Ecuador. This trip will place particular emphasis on sustainable human interaction with the environment and challenges posed by natural and man-made hazards, including climate change. Highlights on our itinerary include:

  • A visit to Ecuador’s capitol, Quito
  • Opportunity to see amazing birds in the pre-montane ‘cloud’ forest in Mindo
  • Visits to volcanic craters, a tropical glacier, and a geologically active stratovolcano, Cotopaxi
  • A home stay in an indigenous community in the high Andes
  • A 3-day visit to an Amazon eco-lodge: see primary rainforest by canoe, observe monkeys, caimans and tapirs, visit indigenous communities and learn to make chocolate
  • This trip will take place in the two weeks prior to the start of Fall semester classes. We expect the trip to be physically demanding, and students will spend long days outdoors at elevations ranging between 1,000 and 15,000 feet.

There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting on the UNC campus during the week of May 1st (finals week of spring semester).

Students will enroll in one of three courses for this trip:

ESCI 200-600 Introduction to Environmental Earth Science in Ecuador (4 credit hours):

  • Undergraduate course that is open to all majors and counts toward LAC requirements
  • View the ESCI 200-600 Syllabus

ESCI 494-601 Ecuador: A Microcosm of Global Environmental Change (3 credit hours)

  • Undergraduate version of course for Earth Sciences majors who have completed an introductory college lab science course
  • View the ESCI 494-601 Syllabus

ESCI 594-602 Ecuador: A Microcosm of Global Environmental Change (3 credit hours)

Eligibility

Undergraduate Students

If any pre-requisites are required, they will be listed above. Prerequisites require an instructor override in advance of your registration in Ursa. Please contact the instructor before registering to provide proof of completion of the prerequisite course. Other UNC staff are not able to assist with prerequisite overrides for registration.

UNC Degree Seeking

Current UNC students can register for this course.

UNC Non-Degree Seeking

If you are not seeking a degree at UNC, but have earned a GED or high school diploma, you may take a course for personal interest or to transfer to another college or university. Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for Financial Aid.

Graduate Students

If any prerequisites are required, they will be listed above. Prerequisites require an instructor override in advance of your registration in Ursa. Please contact the instructor before registering to provide proof of completion of the prerequisite course. Other UNC staff are not able to assist with prerequisite overrides for registration.

UNC Degree Seeking Students

Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

UNC Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking graduate status refers to a student who has at least a Bachelor's degree and has either applied to our Graduate School and not yet been admitted or is wanting to take classes but not pursue a degree. Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for Financial Aid.

Register

6 Easy Steps to Participating in an FLSA Program/Course:

  1. Speak with your advisor, parents and/or guardian about the best course and program for you.
  2. Go to the CIE office to pick up the application packet and discuss details of the course/program. Or you can find the course-specific application by visiting the FLSA courses page on the CIE website.
  3. Complete the application paperwork and return it to CIE by the required deadline.
  4. Also bring the required deposit with your registration form (found in the application packet) to the Extended Campus office in Michener after dropping off your application paperwork to CIE.
  5. Attend all meetings required for the FLSA.
  6. TRAVEL ABROAD AND ENJOY!!

Contact Us

Instructor emails: Dr. Cindy Shellito and Dr. Steven Anderson

UNC Extended Campus
Campus Box 21, Michener Library, Room L54
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Phone: 970-351-2594
Fax: 970-351-1870
E-mail: aimee.rogers@unco.edu
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Once You register

Billing and Payment for Your Course

  • You will submit a $400 deposit with your application packet. This deposit is non-refundable if you are accepted to the course, but will be refunded if your application is not accepted.
  • You will be billed for the remaining program cost via the billing schedule for the term in which the course is delivered.
  • Course materials costs (textbooks, CDs, etc.) are assessed and paid separately.
  • To view or pay your bill, please visit the Bursar’s website: http://www.unco.edu/acctservices/bursar/accrec.htm for specific instructions on accessing your bill. You will not receive a bill in the mail; UNC has an ebill system.

Deposits are non-refundable and signify your commitment to participate in the course. Once you commit to participate, UNC may begin to make logistical arrangements on your behalf that may include non-recoverable costs. UNC will attempt to recover funds expended or committed on your behalf if you decide to withdraw, but any non-recoverable costs to UNC (charged by airlines, third party vendors, tour operators, etc.) will be charged to you.

Course Basics

Level of Study
Undergraduate or Graduate
Credits
ESCI 200 = 4 credit hours including lab
ESCI 494 or 594 = 3 credit hours
Location
Ecuador + On-Campus + Online
Dates
Courses run online: August 7 - December 8, 2017.
On-Campus Sessions:
  • Information session the week of May 1
  • Additional on-campus sessions during Fall term
Travel to Ecuador: August 7-19
Priority application/ deposit deadline is April 15
Final application/ deposit deadline is June 1 (if space is still available)
Instructors
Dr. Cindy Shellito and Dr. Steven Anderson
Tuition
$2,435 including $400 deposit
** Program is Full, No New Applicants

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