BIO 260: Marine Invertebrates
21 May - 4 June, 2014
Location: This a two-week program conducted at Discovery Bay Marine Lab, St. Anne's, Jamaica. The marine lab is located on the north shore of the island and provides easy access to a diversity of coastal marine habitats.
Application: The prerequisites for the course are BIO 104 Principles of Biology with a grade of C or better, and BIO 106 Introduction to Zoology or permission from instructor. Applications for this program are available from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants; students must be in good academic standing. A deposit of $200.00 is required to hold your place in the program.
APPLICATION & DEPOSIT MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 15, 2014.
Accommodations: Students will be housed in dormitories at Discovery Bay Marine lab. All meals will be provided while in Jamaica. There are laundry facilities at the lab.
Cost: The cost of the 2014 KU Summer Program in Jamaica is:
Airfare: Participants are responsible for making their own flight reservations. Airfare is not included in the program fee. There is also a departure tax of approximately $22; this is often included in the cost of the ticket.
International Student Identity Card: This ID costs $25 and is available at the KU Office of International Admissions, Boxwood House, 484.646.4256.
US Passport Fee: The student must obtain a passport in order to participate. The current fee is $110.
Documentation: Students must have a valid passport prior to departure. For more information visit the Department of State Website. It is important to note that the procedure for passport application may take up to two months. No visa is required for the duration of this program.
Insurance: All students must have medical insurance with international coverage. Students should check with their current medical insurance to find out if it covers overseas. Kutztown University and all of its affiliates are not responsible for the well-being of students who participate in the summer program.
Required Insurance: An international Student Identification Card can be purchased at the Office of International Admissions for $22. This card serves multiple purposes such as insurance, identification, and discounts worldwide. For more information regarding the ISIC Card, please visit www.myisic.com.
Code of Conduct: Students who participate in the program are still governed by the Kutztown University rules and regulations as stipulated by the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Catalog and The Key: Student Handbook. In addition, all US, Jamaican, and DBML codes of conduct, laws, rules, and regulations must be respected and adhered to. Kutztown University and all affiliates are neither responsible, nor liable for the conduct of the students.
The Class: This course offers study of the life history, habits, origin, development, physiology, anatomy and taxonomy of the main phyla of marine invertebrates, with special emphasis given to the Atlantic marine invertebrates.
This will be very much a hands-on course, with students actively involved in the observation, collection, and identification of local species. Students must be able to swim; most days will include snorkeling for 3-6 hours, observing and collecting invertebrates from a diversity of marine environments. All participants must bring a mask, fins, and snorkel; prior snorkeling experience is not necessary. There will be no diving and SCUBA certification is not required. Field trips to local areas will offer opportunities to study the evolution of marine invertebrate communities by examining exposed marine sediments and fossils and to study the relationship between the geology of the island and the above and below ground movement of freshwater from the island into the surrounding reef ecosystems. Each student will develop a research project requiring field observations and data collection and analysis. Course grades will be based upon participation in discussions of seminal research papers (20%), organism identification practicals (30%), and the research project (proposal, progress reports, oral presentation, and final paper) (50%). Students should expect to spend at least 8 hours each day actively engaged in the course. There will be a mandatory meeting of all students enrolled in the course prior to departing for Jamaica to go over the syllabus, the research projects, and reading materials for the course, and to answer any questions or concerns students might have.
For more information about the 2014 Summer Abroad in Jamaica please contact:
Dr. Nancy M. Butler
Associate Professor /Program Coordinator
Department of Biology
College of Liberal Art & Sciences