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Required courses

There are three required courses for a total of 9 credits that provide formal training: BIOL 553 and 2 other courses which are offered in alternate years.  Field trips and transdisciplinary approaches are structuring elements of these courses.

Hands-on experience in an internship setting is gained through the "Research in Panama" course ENVR 451 (6 credits).  It consists of an independent studies project organized around multidisciplinary environmental issues. The nature of the project centres on practical environmental problems and questions important for Panama. Students form teams that work with Panamanian institutions (NGO, governmental or research).

Please note that the courses differ slightly from year to year.

Courses offered each year (9 credits)

  • BIOL 553 Neotropical Environments 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ENVR 451 Research in Panama 6 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Courses offered in alternate years (6 credits)

Winter 2018

  • AGRI 550 Sustained Tropical Agriculture 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • GEOG 498 Humans in Tropical Envirnmnts 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Winter 2019

  • GEOG 404 Environmental Management 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • HIST 510 Enviro. Hist. of L. Am (Field) 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Teaching Staff Members

Academic Director

Professor catherine.potvin [at] mcgill.ca (Catherine Potvin)
Department of Biology

To find out more about Professor Potvin, click here

Professors

coomes [at] geog.mcgill.ca (Oliver Coomes) - Department of Geography -
To find out more about Professor Coomes, click here

caroline.begg [at] mcgill.ca (Caroline Begg) - Department of Plant Science -
To find out more about Professor Begg, click here

meredith [at] geog.mcgill.ca (Thom Meredith) - Department of Geography -
To find out more about Professor Meredith, click here

daviken.studnicki-gizbert [at] mcgill.ca (Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert) - Department of History -
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Field Study Minor

Description of the Field Study Minor

The Field Study Minor consists of 18 credits:

  • 15 credits from the Field Study Semester
  • 3 credits from a complementary course

NOTE:
None of the 18 credits may be used to satisfy any other program or requirement such as a major concentration or another minor.
 

Selection of the Complementary Course

There is no pre-approved list for the Africa Field Study Semester. The three additional credits involve a suitable course choice by the student in consultation with their departmental advisor and the Field Study Minor advisor, Mr. Ryan Bouma.

Recommended are independent research courses related to the field semester, language courses taken in preparation for the field semester, or 400 level courses that clearly develop themes treated in the field semester.

Field Study Minor Advisor

ryan.bouma [at] mcgill.ca (Ryan Bouma)
Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser
Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA)
McGill University, Faculty of Science
411 Dawson Hall, 853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 0G5
T: 514-398-7330

Graduate studies in Panama

The conservation of biodiversity (B), the maintenance of ecosystem services (ES), and the future of sustainability (S) — BESS — are among the most important issues in tropical environments, where most of the world's biodiversity and humans reside and interact. The BESS Program provides a multidisciplinary and immersive training to address these and other issues by providing practical skills, real-world experience, and interdisciplinary knowledge to BESS trainees. The program offers up to $14,000.00CA/ year in student stipends and $1,500.00CA/ year in travel allowance, and has no citizenship restrictions. The program will be of particular interest to students of the Panama Field Studies Semester who are considering to pursue graduate research with emphasis in Panama, and the neotropics in general. For further information please visit the BESS website.