Biology 244 - Madagascar: Culture, Conservation, and Natural History
Madagascar is like nowhere else on earth. It is a living laboratory of extraordinary natural environments; 80 percent of its plants and animals are found only on the island. The world's fourth largest island is probably best known for its lemurs, chameleons, and many medicinal plants. With its fadys (taboos) and emphasis on the supernatural, the culture of the island is as unique as its nature. During this course students will have the opportunity to observe the island's unique plants, animals, and culture while interacting with the friendly and charming Malagasy people while traveling around the island. They will explore Madagascar's uniqueness by studying its natural history and culture with an emphasis on the delicate balance between human needs, culture, conservation, and natural resources. The course is interdisciplinary and includes an introduction to the Malagasy language, culture, and tribes, as well as its conservation, natural history, and biodiversity.
Course: BIOL 244
Prerequisite: BIOL 243
Program leaders: Allen Crooker, Rob Hunt
Curricular requirement: LAB
Length of program: 23 days
Meals: All meals included
Prices of Off-Campus J Term programs are ESTIMATES. If there are factors that affect the final cost of a program, such as fluctuations in currency exchange rates or fuel price increases, a fee adjustment will be announced. Should there be a change in a program fee students will have two weeks from notification of that change, or until the last day of classes, (whichever is shorter) to pay.