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Tropical Ecology with Study Abroad in Belize

  “After carefully scaling the steps to the very top of a Mayan temple, I could see for miles and miles above the very trees that I had just navigated between. As I lengthened myself on the very tip of the temple and looked abroad for the first time; this moment, like many others throughout the trip, felt like a small piece of myself had just been unearthed for the first time.”

From an ABAC Student’s Reflection Paper


MesoAmerican Reef (2nd largest reef in the world)

Welcome to the Tropical Ecology & Natural History page. For spring semester 2018, we will offer two versions of the tropical ecology course. BIOL 4550 Tropical Ecology and Natural History is for biology majors and counts as a 4hr biology elective. Non-biology majors get credit for SCIE 1005/L Environmental Science lecture (3hrs) and lab (1hr). Note that you cannot take SCIE 1005/L for credit more than once. The lab component of both of these spring semester 2018 courses will be held in Belize over spring break. If you need more information about the course, please contact Beth Thornton or Phil Hightower. In the meantime, please browse the materials below.

Tentative BIOL 4550 General Syllabus and Detailed Addendum (SP18)



BIOL 4550 Tropical Ecology SP18 Application Form (Due Fri. Nov 3, 2017)

SCIE 1005/L Environmental Science SP18 Application Form (Due Fri. Nov 3, 2017)


Websites about Belize

“The environment was like none other. From the beautiful rainforest to the open savanna with mountains, there was always somewhere beautiful. “

From an ABAC Student’s Reflection Paper

Past Trips

2017 Proposed Itinerary

Belize 2015 Agenda

Study Abroad Scholarship Links

Read all criteria, rules, etc. carefully before applying.


San Ignacio, Belize


For more information on Study abroad at ABAC, see:

“Brilliant blue waters with an island paradise was one of the most exciting treasures I was looking forward to experiencing on my study abroad trip to Belize during Spring Break of my senior year of college. Surprisingly, these same blue waters were where I learned the most about myself and about the others traveling with me.”

From an ABAC Student’s Reflection Paper