Graduate Courses

Note: MPC = Miami Plan Capstone; MPF = Miami Plan Foundation.

LAS 412/512 - Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica (5 hr)

Introduces students to the structure and function of neotropical ecosystems, as well as to geological, biological, cultural, and economic forces affecting biodiversity in the tropics. This course is taught on-site in Costa Rica. There are additional costs beyond tuition.
Cross-listed with IES/GLG.

LAS 413/513 - Tropical Marine Ecology (5 hr) MPT

Investigates aquatic systems (estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds, lagoons, beaches, intertidal zones, taxonomy of vertebrates and invertebrates of coral reefs, lagoons and tidal flats) paleobiology and global climate change (paleo-reconstruction of past lagoon environments, fossil coral reefs, and land use). Student research questions concerning biological and physical analyses of a select marine habitat are required. The course is taught on-site in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. There are additional costs beyond tuition.
Cross-listed with GLG 413/513 and IES 423/523.

LAS 414/514 - Latin American Environmental Affairs (3 hr) MPT

Focus on the issues of human relationships with the land in Latin America and the Caribbean. Emphasis placed on understanding indigenous cultures, colonial ecological exchanges, and the environmental implications of national development policies, and international efforts for protection of the environment.
Cross-listed with IES.

LAS 416/516 - Connections: Understanding Tropical Ecology & Natural History in Belize (5 hr)

Intensive summer workshop exploring tropical ecology (terrestrial and marine) and human natural history in Belize, Central America. Emphasis is placed on habitat types and cultural use of different habitats. Environmental issues raised include the coexistence of human populations, agriculture, and natural habitats with normal diversity of native species.
Cross-listed with IES and GEO.

LAS 417/517 - Coral Reef Ecology (5 hr)

Examines the coral reef environment including its biology, geologic setting, chemical and physical characteristics, and its relation to fossil coral reefs and global climate change. This course is taught on-site in the Bahamas.
Prerequisite(s): SCUBA certification required, previous tropical field course experience or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with GLG/IES 415/515.

LAS 691 - Costa Rica: Neotropical Ecology (7 hr)

Students join a summer field course in Costa Rica to explore Neotropical systems, including lowland rain forest and cloud forest; engage in inquiry and action projects on vital issues in education and conservation; work through fall semester on a collaborative Web platform.
Prerequisite(s): Students must serve as an informal or formal educator, hold a bachelor's degree, have internet access and email, and be 18 years of age or older. Students also must apply and be accepted to the program at Earth Expeditions.
Cross-listed with BIO/GLG/IES.

LAS 693 - Trinidad: Environmental Education (7 hr)

Students join a summer field course in Trinidad to explore conservation biology and community-based education; engage in inquiry and action projects on vital issues in education and conservation; work through fall semester on a collaborative Web platform.
Prerequisite(s): Students must serve as an informal or formal educator, hold a bachelor's degree, have internet access and email, and be 18 years of age or older. Students also must apply and be accepted to the program at Earth Expeditions.
Cross-listed with BIO/IES/GLG.