The Biology Department has several options for May Term.
Field Ornithology: Students in the Field Ornithology class observe birds and learn about avian ecology
while they are out in the field during every class period. A highlight of the course
is when students camp in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois, and go
kayaking in a cypress swamp. Students also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the bird
collection at the Field Museum, and this past year they watched scientists band Peregrine
Herpetology: This course introduces students to the field of herpetology, the branch of zoology
that emphasizes the study of amphibians and reptiles. This May term course has lecture,
lab and field components, and culminates with a mini research conference in which
each student presents their independent research on a selected herpetological topic.
Experimental Embryology: Research based course that emphasizes that emphasizes the histological, cellular
and molecular techniques required to study and answer questions about vertebrate development.
Tropical Ecology-Costa Rica: Students are introduced to the ecosystems, animals and plants of Costa
Rica and meet with various agencies that deal with the preservation of biodiversity,
forest management, and the collection and cataloging of diverse organisms. Students
also perform group research projects.