CHANCE field courses

A CHANCE field embedded program is an academic adventure both in and out of the field. It is actually a set of two courses taken sequentially, but as a unit. The first is an online course, taken during a late spring semester. The second is the field research trip (practicum) which provides real-world research and conservation experiences. Students work alongside field-based scientists, experience a new culture, and take part in conservation efforts — all while learning what it means to be a global citizen.

Each CHANCE field embedded program strictly employs the "Field Course Experiential Learning Model" (Zervanos and McLaughlin, 2003; McLaughlin, 2005), which evolved from repeated short-term study abroad (embedded) field course experiences in selected biomes around the world over a six-year period. Assessment of student learning guided the development of the integrated three-part course model, which includes pre-trip assignments (preparation), a field-based practicum (experience), and post-trip assignments (reflection) that encourage the integration and application of what has been learned (McLaughlin and Johnson, 2006). Importantly, each prorgram can be considered a powerful tool for effectively understanding and promoting global environmental sustainability and stewardship.

Sea turtle hatchling on sand

Costa Rica 2017

Conservation and Sustainability of
the Tropical Rainforest
May 19-28, 2017
Photo credit: Carlos de la Rosa

Cliff coastline of Cuba

Cuba 2017

Environmental Protection, Conservation, and the Sustainability of Cuban Ecosystems
July 7-15, 2017

Sea turtle swimming in ocean.

Australia 2018

Conservation Biology and Global Citizenship - A Field Course in Select Natural World Heritage Sites of Australia
Summer 2018