The two courses are 300-level and they are: From the Rockies to the Andes: A Biogeographic Comparison of Arid Zones in the New World (4 credit hours, one is a lab) and From the Rockies to the Andes: A Comparison of the Human Impact in Arid Zones of the New World (4 credit hours). The program will be offered through the University Honors Program, but will be open to all qualified students. The Biology Department has agreed to cross list the biogeography portion as a 402 (topics) course in spring 2009 while the Latin American Studies Program will allow students to apply credits to either the Social/Natural Science Core or towards “electives”. These units may be used in other programs, examples of which are American Studies, Environmental Science, Sustainability Program, University Honors Program International Designation, and Chicano Studies.
Much of class time will be in the field. In New Mexico classes and field study will be held on Fridays (not all Fridays) and one overnight trip on Friday and Saturday. There will be five days of field study in New Mexico. Places to visit are: one day in Santa Fe and Chimayo (transportation provided by the program), one afternoon at Coronado Monument in Bernalillo (transportation not provided); one afternoon at Valles Caldera (transportation not provided by the program); one day at Sevilleta Research Station (transportation not provided); two days of field study in Southern New Mexico: Las Cruces-Mesilla, Jornada Biosphere Reserve, and Camino Real Monument in Socorro (transportation and lodging provided by the program). The field study in Argentina will cover eight days plus two days of traveling (see itinerary in Argentina).
The program fee is $1,600 and a $600 non-refundable deposit at the time of acceptance. This covers: roundtrip airfare to Argentina, airfare Buenos Aires-Mendoza-Buenos Aires, all transportation and excursions in Argentina, hotels and accommodation at a Biosphere Reserve research station, most of meals, entrances to museums, guest lecturers and local guides, as well as transportation and hotel in New Mexico (as indicated above). Students must sign up for both courses (UHON 301-014 and UHON 301-013); however, they only pay a single program fee+deposit of $2,200. In other words, students will not get charged twice.
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