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Program Description:
Instructors: Sandy Neps (sandy.neps@pcc.edu [opens in new window]) and Mark Fisher (mark.fisher3@pcc.edu [opens in new window])

Dates: August 8 – September 3, 2020 Course starts at PCC prior to dates in country.

Location: Costa Rica

Courses: BI200 Principles of Ecology: Field Biology and ESR 171 Environmental Science

Credits: 8

Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Program Type: Split Course (course starts in Portland at PCC prior to dates in country)

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

Program Fee: (Coming soon) Estimated Cost Sheet for Program

Program Description

Study ecosystems, the human impact on environment, and sustainability in a large variety of life zone sites in ecologically diverse Costa Rica. Together these courses will offer students the opportunity to experience and reflect on the natural history of native flora and fauna across several different types of ecosystems, such as wet tropical forests, dry forests, cloud forests, mangrove forests, and coastal habitats.

Program Highlights
  • Forest Night hike
  • Coffee plantation tour
  • Hands on experience with turtle conservation and beach ecology
  • Snorkeling
  • Visit to Arenal Volcano

Included in Program
  • Housing for entirety of program
  • Co-curricular/cultural activities
  • Select meals
  • Airport pickup/drop-off
  • In-country transportation related to program
  • Museum/park entry fees
  • On-site orientation & online pre-departure orientation
  • International insurance
  • On-site support services
  • 24/7 emergency support throughout program

Not Included in Program
  • Round-trip airfare from Portland to program location
  • Non-programmed meals
  • Personal spending money
  • New or renewal of passport if needed


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/08/2020 09/03/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.