When it comes to going beyond campus to deepen your study of biology, you've got nearly endless options.
First you should decide whether you would like to study off-campus for an entire semester, or for just three weeks during January or May (interim). Then explore what program or course might best serve your academic and personal goals. Many of Calvin's off-campus semester programs have a biology-related component or elective option, but others do not. Talk with your advisor about these opportunities.
Calvin offers semester-long programs in Britain, China, France, Ghana, Honduras, Hungary, The Netherlands, New Mexico, Spain, Thailand and Washington, D.C. The semester names in bold have a biology focus, component or elective option.
As a Calvin student, you may also participate in non-Calvin semester programs. Biology-related non-Calvin programs include:
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
Take courses and work in internships related to environmental studies. Study in northern Michigan with its forests, wetlands, lakes and rivers, or study on east or west coasts, Kenya or India.
Creation Care Study Program
Study creation care in either Belize or New Zealand/Samoa during the fall or spring semester with students from other Christian colleges and universities.
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for Environmental Education
Undergraduate research grants are available for summer internships at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for teams of students and their faculty mentors.
Off-campus interim courses
Each year, the biology department offers a number of interim courses that explore special topics in-depth. In 2013, the following off-campus interim courses were offered:
- Galapagos Islands: Amazonia
- History of Science: England
- Harness the Wind: Learn to Sail: Florida
- Ecology on the Equator: Tanzania
These courses will be offered in 2014:
- Tropical Ecosystems: Costa Rica & Belize
- Transforming Cambodia: Cambodia
- culture, Medicine and Bioethics: China
- Hawaiian Farms and food systems
- Winter Ecology: Northern Michigan