This is a field-oriented program that will be taught on campus and in Belize. For the Marine Biology course we will emphasize the biodiversity, ecology, and physiology of marine organisms, especially as they relate to organism adaptation to the environment. Another focus will be to emphasize human influences on the marine environment. We’ll spend most days snorkeling along the second-largest Barrier Reef in the world; thus, all students must be comfortable in the water. In addition to coral reef studies, we’ll also examine other tropical marine communities such as seagrass beds, salt marshes, and mangroves. In Ethnobiology students will study ways, both in the classroom and at a variety of locales on mainland Belize, in which people understand and participate in human-plant-animal-natural interactions. Students will also learn how people, particularly native Belizeans, acquire traditional biological knowledge and how this knowledge is passed onto new generations.