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Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies Field Semester

Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies Field Semester

Website: www.mcgill.ca/bits

The Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) Field Semester is offered jointly by McGill University and the University of the West Indies (UWI). It is an activity-filled, hands-on experience for students with an interest in international studies with a Caribbean flavour. The focus is on sustainable agri-food and energy production and nutrition on a tropical coral island with a tourist-based economy. It is offered annually (in the Summer). It consists of two 2-hour orientation sessions conducted on the McGill campus followed by three 3-credit and one 6-credit project course at Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados. This program integrates intensive coursework with group project work of national importance in Barbados. It contributes to the formation of professionals with planning, managing, decision-making, and communication skills. The program addresses a global need for experienced professionals capable of interacting with various levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Required Courses (15 credits)
AEBI 421 (3) Tropical Horticultural Ecology
AEBI 423 (3) Sustainable Land Use
AEBI 425 (3) Tropical Energy and Food
AEBI 427 (6) Barbados Interdisciplinary Project

For more information, students should visit the BITS website at www.mcgill.ca/bits or contact Dr. Julie Major by telephone (514-398-8380) or email (julie [dot] major [at] mcgill [dot] ca).