Spring Break Academic Programs

Marine Biology in Belize in Spring 2016!

Marine Biology in Belize

Program Overview

In BIOL 365: Marine Biology (4 credits), you will learn about life in the sea on the Wheaton College campus and then travel to Belize during Spring Break to put that knowledge into practice.

While on campus, you will be introduced to the biological, geological, and physical concepts of marine biology, along with key terminology. In addition, you will learn snorkeling skills for the class time in Belize. Over Spring Break, students put concepts into practice while learning about the life and environment in coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves.  All field activities are based on the island of South Water Caye at the International Zoological Expeditions facilities. Furthermore, students will design and conduct research projects in the waters around South Water Caye, and will present the results of that research in a poster after returning to Wheaton.

  • Sponsoring Department: Biology
  • Program Leader(s): Dr. Raymond Lewis, Dr. Stephen Moshier, Dr. Nadine Folino-Rorem
  • Term: Spring semester and Spring Break (Every 2-3 years)
  • Travel Dates:  TBA (previous trip March 5-16, 2016)
  • Estimated Cost: approximately $3000, airfare included (prices subject to change)
  • Prerequisites: BIOL 242 - Diversity of Life:  An Introduction to Zoology and Botany
  • Highlights:  The field portion of spring semester Biology 365 is conducted on the island of South Water Caye off the coast of Belize. 

Course Offering

BIOL 365: Marine Biology (4 credit hours)
Study of the biology of marine organisms in the context of the geological and physical features of the ocean. Lectures, field trips, and learning snorkeling skills on campus are followed by a field trip to the Caribbean over spring break to apply these concepts to tropical marine environments.

Program Fee

The estimated program fee covers transportation from Wheaton College to the airport, airfare, lodging, meals, in-country transportation, lab use, and boat field trips.  Students will be responsible for personal expenses, including passports and travel medicines.

The program fee also covers a field trip to the Shedd Aquarium and transportation to the ACCA Student Symposium while students are on-campus in Wheaton. 

Learn More

If you would like further information or have questions about Marine Biology in Belize, please contact Dr. Raymond Lewis, Associate Professor of Biology.

How to Apply

To apply for the field portion of the class, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.