The SEE-U program consists of introductory ecology and biology courses. Lectures coincide with designated labs and topical discussions for the course, allowing you to apply classroom knowledge to practical field techniques in your chosen location.
You will receive a weekly schedule that includes reading assignments, lectures and fieldwork. Typical daily activities revolve around a morning lecture and afternoon fieldwork, with full days Monday through Saturday.
The program is designed for non-science majors and therefore prior experience or knowledge of the topics, the techniques and the computer programs used is not required.
Topics covered by the course include: biomes, biotic processes, abiotic processes and contemporary issues in conservation biology.
The individual project gives you the opportunity to explore a testable question that interests you in your respective location.
The individual project entails:
- Literature searches
- Draft and final proposal
- Field data collection
- Data analysis
- Final presentation
You will have the support of teachers and field assistants, including workshops on how to carry out literature searches, and the opportunity to learn field techniques before developing your individual project. You will be supported in the design and development process.
The field practical is a chance for you to test out your newly acquired field skills. You will formulate your ideas in a group, present your ideas, collect and analyze field data, and give a power point oral presentation. The field practical emphasizes the community nature of science, as many scientists in the field must successfully communicate with a team to answer important large-scale questions.
You will be required to keep a journal while you are at field sites. The journal acts as an account of your work both in and out of the classroom. A certain number of entries are required and should reflect your experience at the site and your day-to-day activities. An electronic blog may also serve as your journal.
Participation is graded on attendance, punctuality, group discussions, presentations and overall effort for the course.
Periodic quizzes will be given during the course.