Study Abroad in the Galapagos Islands: Spring Semester 2023

Dr. Ignacio Moore (BIOL), Dr. William Hopkins (FWC) and Dr. Peter Graham (ENG) will offer an exciting new course, “Darwin’s Galapagos: Evolution in the Anthropocene BIOL/FiW 3954 (4 credits)” in the Spring 2023 semester. The Spring course will be taught on campus, with a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands occurring over Spring Break.

Voyage in Charles Darwin’s wake in the Galapagos Islands and see firsthand what inspired the unifying concept of life on earth: evolution by natural selection.  Gain historical and on-the spot perspectives on how Darwin’s big idea took shape, and learn how current evolutionary processes are influenced by rapid environmental changes caused by human pressures such as introduced species, over-fishing, pollution, climate change, and ecotourism.

The course is open to all majors and is reading-, writing-, and discussion-intensive.  Students will have extensive readings each week followed by in class discussion and reflective essays.  10-day trip to the Galapagos will occur over spring break.  Students enrolling in the course should be good swimmers and not be prone to sea sickness.