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Costa Rica, Science and Ethics

19 Costa Rica Program Itinerary: Costa Rica
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Info Sessions: 
  • Tuesday, September 25, 11:15 am, Iowa City,  Room 205
  • Friday, October 19,, 2:00 pm, Cedar Rapids, Linn Hall 1152 

The Courses:

PHI-160: Environmental Ethics and SCI-136 Field Experiences in Environmental and Natural Sciences: Students enroll in two academic courses at Kirkwood that can apply to general education requirements. These courses consist of online assignments and scheduled group meetings with instructors, before, during and after the in-country experience
  • PHI-160: Environmental Ethics: through field experiences, topical readings, and philosophical theories, this course explores ethical and political questions about endangered species and biodiversity, farming and sustainability, water quality, climate change, and environmental justice.
  • SCI-136: Field Experiences in Environmental and Natural Sciences: this section will emphasize the integration of field experiences in Costa Rica with major environmental topics including ecosystems and biodiversity, conservation and sustainability, water quality and our impact on the environment. You will learn how to prepare for fieldwork, capture and use field notes, analyze data, and prepare summary reports.

Program Note: Students must be able to walk four to five miles daily.

The Country:
Beautiful Costa Rica provides a stunning location for studying science and ethics. This tropical country with micro-regions from coastal wetlands to high cloud forests is home to a gentle and gracious people, as well as one of the most biologically intact and extensive rainforests in the world. Together we will discover the natural wonders, rich cultural history, and complex moral and geopolitical relations between the Costa Ricans and those to whom they supply fruits, coffee and Intel microchips. Our home base, Selva Bananito Lodge sits on the edge of Costa Rica’s 2.5-million-acre rainforest. This lodge, outfitted with 15 cottages, was named one of the top 10 ecotourism operations in the world by Outside Magazine.

Program Highlights: 
  • Snorkeling
  • Sea Turtles
  • Exotic Wild life 
  • Waterfall Repelling 
  • Hiking 
  • Team building and culture 
  • 6 Academic Credits 
Estimated Program Fee: $3,600
$1,000 Global Advantage Scholarship available!

  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Some Meals
  • Health Insurance
  • Many Cultural Excursions
  • Most In-Country Transit

Does not include:
  • Tuition: 6 Summer Credits
  • Passport Fee
  • Personal Expenses

Course Pre-Departure Meetings:
  • Wednesday, March 27: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 10: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 24: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Monday, May 20: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 21: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 23: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Faculty Contacts:
David Bullwinkle, Philosophy
Room 345, Iowa City Campus

John Dawson, Math/Geology
Room 210, Iowa City Campus