Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

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Natural history class goes to Baja for spring break 2017

ESS will offer the popular “Natural History of Baja California” class again this year, but in a slightly different form. The class will now count for the Natural Science with Laboratory core requirement, and will offer 5 units of credit. Otherwise, the format of the class will remain much the same: Winter quarter lectures on the taxonomy of marine and terrestrial organisms, the ecology of desert and coastal ecosystems, and the biogeography of Baja California--followed by a spectacular 10-day immersion trip over spring break, in which students hike, kayak, and snorkel to discover the region’s natural wonders.

The Baja course is open to any student, but admission is by application only, and there are additional course fees of $1600 plus airfare. Applications are available here and are due by October 14. There will be an information session on September 28 at 5:30 pm in Varsi 206 for those who would like to know more about the program. You can also contact the instructor, Virginia Matzek, with any questions you have about the course or the application process.