Coral Reef Biology and Ecology - Roatán, Honduras
In this three-week winter program students get an up-close, hands-on, educational experience studying the biology and ecology of the living reef and live organisms in Roatán, Honduras.
Located thirty miles off the coast of Honduras, Roatán is the largest of the three Bay Islands and offers great accessibility to one of the world’s most impressive coral reef systems. Learn about the corals that form the reef and the fish and other animals that inhabit it. Discover reef conservation methods. Learn to scuba dive. Study dolphins and turtles. This course involves daily scuba diving. Students must be certified and may learn it in advance or as part of the program in Roatán.*
The course is open to both science and non-science majors. It fulfills SUNY’s Natural Science General Education requirement, Purchase’s Natural Science Core requirement, and counts as an upper-level elective for Purchase Biology and Environmental Studies majors.
*The Physical Education Department at Purchase College offers a scuba course (PED1120 - Scuba) in the fall which prepares students for PADI certification.