Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or other life science course
This three-week summer session course is taught entirely in Tanzania during Penn State's first summer session (typically May/June). Students will examine regional dry savannah ecology, human-environment interactions, development of zoonotic diseases, and conservation of natural resources.
In addition to lectures and discussions, this exceptional opportunity allows students to spend time with Maasai pastoralists and Hadza hunter-gatherers, participate in animal behavior research projects, and study Tanzania’s iconic animals including elephants, giraffe, lions, cheetah, leopards, baboons, wildebeest, zebras, and a diverse array of birds.
The course is limited to 14 participants and will include extensive time in West Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. When available, the itinerary may include guest lectures by local experts in ecology, conservation, and health, as well as a visit to a rural medical facility.
See the available scholarships and grants below, as students in this class are eligible for ample travel funding!