Sunday, October 5, 2008

Winter intersession


BIOL 3413 Environmental Problems ONLINE 12/22 - 1/9

ZAP number XXXX for all campuses (Tahlequah, Broken Arrow, Muskogee).

This is a class intended for non-majors, but open to biology majors.

We will review the basics of science, then apply that knowledge to understanding environmental problems. The Blackboard software ( will be used throughout. We will read and discuss timely books. Also, students will form teams to study in depth environmental problems in a particular community.

There are two options: option A is to study an area where the student lives, and option B is to study a village in Belize, a developing country.

Students selecting option A will form a team with classmates who live nearby. Students will have to travel to places in their community to see how environmental problems in their community are dealt with.

Students in Environmental Problems selecting option B will examine how villagers in a developing country (Belize) address various environmental problems (energy, transportation, food, water, waste, income, etc.). This will allow a comparison with the methods used by people in a developed country (the U.S.) as examined by the rest of the class (option A).


The particular village we will focus on for Environmental Problems, option B, is Caye Caulker (CC), a tiny island in the Caribbean with an economy based on lobster fishing and tourism.


Here are supplemental cost estimates for students in Environmental Problems,

option B:

Date Day Event notes Event$ Food$ Lodging$

Jan 4 Sunday Fly TUL -> BZE, Caye Caulker $450 $20 $40

Jan 5 Monday Tour village on own $10 $30 $40

Jan 6 Tuesday Lamanai tour $120 $30 $40

Jan 7 Wed. San Pedro tour on own $15 $40 $40

Jan 8 Thursday Tour marine reserve $40 $30 $40

Jan 9 Friday Tour village on own $0 $30 $40

Jan 10 Saturday Fly home $450 $20 $0

Total cost = $1,525 + $175 contingency = $1,700 + tuition, fees, books.

This will vary from student to student. The biggest expense is airfare. I assumed $850 from Tulsa to Belize City, and assumed that includes all taxes and fees. Airfares change, and are more likely to go up than down, especially if you wait. (Note: I bought my ticket for $800.) Also, students can fly from Belize City to Caye Caulker (~$50 RT) like a tourist or take a water taxi with locals--cheaper and more fun. I assumed students would spend $40/night for lodging. There is less expensive lodging available, and students can share a room to split costs. There is also more expensive lodging. Each student will make their own lodging arrangements. Food costs will also vary. I encourage students to shop in local markets, like villagers do. This is inexpensive—much less than reflected above. Restaurants vary in price; some cost much more than is reflected above. Costs for daily activities will also vary, but the estimates above are typical based on previous years.

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