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ENV 3044 Tropical Ecology Medical Spanish & Health Sciences Program Spring 2020 Winter Semester - San Jose

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ENV 3044 Tropical Ecology

ENV 3044 Tropical Ecology Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Veritas University
Location: San José, Costa Rica
Primary Subject Area: Ecology
Instruction in: English
Course Code: ENV 3044
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 4
Contact Hours: 60
Prerequisites: It is recommended, but not mandatorily required, that students come from a college-major field related to biology, sustainability or environmental sciences.


Costa Rica is a Neotropical country with an immensely rich biological diversity and an unique representative area to study terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems present in their Pacific and Caribbean slopes. Along this class, students gain insight into basic ecological principles and concepts and explore a variety of ecosystems present in the tropics, their animals, plants and fungi, and the multiple and complex ecological interactions that can be found here. Schrewdness on the different interactions between biotic and abiotic factors in tropical environments, while considering human effects on tropical ecosystems, is achieved. Emphasis is given to the study of the ecosystems found in Costa Rica, but other tropical ecosystems are studied as support for understanding key ecological concepts. Additionally, issues related to conservation of biodiversity and sustainability in the tropics are discussed. Therefore, this course provide students with a general overview of tropical ecology, a systematic examination of the interactions and relationships between organisms and their tropical environment.

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