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RIT Global

This program is a semester-long course on the Galapagos Islands that is followed by a two-week excursion to the islands. In class, students will learn about the volcanic origin of the islands, and about the unique animals and plants that live there.

Students will see how this combination of geology and wildlife served as a key inspiration for Darwin's theory of evolution. They will also learn about the human history of the Galapagos, and about the difficulty of balancing science and conservation with human needs such as fishing, farming, and tourism. In the Galapagos, students will travel to visitor sites on several islands to observe the geology and wildlife first hand.

There will also be snorkeling excursions where students will be in the water with sea lions, sea turtles, and if lucky, penguins and marine iguanas. Galapagos wildlife has evolved in the absence of man and the animals, therefore, are totally unafraid and can be approached closely. Accordingly, the opportunities for nature photography are endless. The trip will also include a tour of Quito, Ecuador's capitol in the Andes, and an excursion to the equator.

The course is open to all RIT students. No prerequisites are required. The class will take place in the Spring Semester and the trip to Galapagos will take place in early summer. Check out the trip online at

Application deadline has been reached for the spring/summer 2019 program. Contact the faculty director to inquire about next year's program.

Galapagos Islands
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Course Discipline: 
Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science
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RIT Students Only

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