This program emphasizes the development of hypotheses and implementation of ecological research. You will obtain practical experience with sampling methodologies during a major field trip. In addition, a research project will promote hypothesis conception, further research techniques, data analysis, presentation, and discussion skills.
- Identify a wide variety of organisms including mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates.
- Understand the basic physical, ecological, and social forces structuring biotic communities in the study area.
- Develop skills related to designing and implementing ecological field studies.
- Understand the techniques used to sample natural communities and assess organismal response to environmental variation.
May 13-28, 2018
BIOL 417/517 Field Ecology, 3 credits (syllabus)
BIOL 417L/517L Field Ecology Laboratory, 0 credits
After we have admitted you to this program, CAGE will register you in the appropriate course (if more than one option is available, you will need to indicate your choice on the Course Registration Form). You will not be able to register yourself in WebAdvisor.
Participants will stay in shared accommodations arranged by the program.
Wondering how much it's going to cost? See Budget Sheet for information about total program costs, payment schedule, and the withdrawal and refund policy.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
How am I going to pay for it? See our Financial Assistance page for a list of USD and external scholarships.
To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible (non-USD students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution). NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer or 12 credits during fall/spring semester.
Applications—including all required pre-decision materials and recommendations—must be submitted online by the deadline specified in the Dates/Deadlines section on this page. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. To start an application, click the Apply Now button on this page. If the Apply Now button does not appear, applications are either not open yet, or it is past the deadline.
If you have started an application already, use the LOGIN (USD applicants) or NON-USD LOGIN (non-USD applicants) link on this site to return to the materials.
This program is open to students of all majors.
This program is open to applicants from any institution, although preference will be given to USD students.
All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.
Andrea Liebl is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of South Dakota. She earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Florida, and her research interests are on how the environment influences phenotypes beyond the scope of the genotype. She has traveled to Kenya several times for research and twice with students from the University of Exeter.
For general inquiries, contact the faculty director (Andrea.Liebl@usd.edu) or the Center for Academic & Global Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To schedule an advising session with Søren Peterson in CAGE, go to http://tinyurl.com/USDabroad-smp.
For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.