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Biology in the Galapagos


Two Courses Are Offered:

  • IDST 1700 Galápagos Ecology, Evolution and Conservation counts for Core 7 or 9
  • BIOL 3210 Field Biology in the Galápagos is an upper level biology course for biology majors/minors

Both count for the Environmental Studies Minor and the Latin American Studies Major/Minor.


  • See the unique fauna of the Galápagos, including giant tortoises, Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, Galápagos  land iguanas, Galápagos fur seals and flightless cormorant. Watch blue-footed boobies and look for red-billed tropic birds, storm petrels, and flamingos.
  • Learn about conservation initiatives and research programs at the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Snorkel with Galápagos sea lions and other marine species.
  • Visit Pinnacle Rock, lava fields, crater lakes, and other volcanic features.
  • On the mainland of Ecuador, visit Quito, the world's first city designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, which recognized it as having "the best preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America."


  • Class meets several times during the spring semester starting January 2010
  • Labs meet May 3-7,  2010  at Millsaps
  • Galápagos trip June 1-11, 2010

Syllabus for non-science majors

Syllabus for science majors

Cost: Regular summer tuition and fees for 4 hour course ($1922) plus $3375 trip fee. Does not include airfare to Quito, Ecuador. Does include lodging 3 nights in Quito, flight from Quito to the Galápagos, national park fee, meals and lodging aboard the motor yacht Floreana.

Payment due in 3 installments: $350 deposit by December 15; $3324 by February 15; $1623 by April 15

For more information about the Galápagos courses contact: Dr. Debora Mann,  219 Olin Hall; manndl@millsaps.edu; 601-974-1415